Duluthians Celebrate Labor Day At Annual Bayfront Picnic

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 03, 2018 10:41 PM

DULUTH - Folks in Duluth celebrated Labor Day at the annual picnic organized by the Duluth Central Labor Body in Bayfront Festival Park Monday.


The free event is a local community celebration for people to enjoy the holiday with live music, delicious food, and fun activities for kids.

"I come every year to the picnic. I’ve missed a few over the years, but otherwise I’m here at every single one usually helping out with serving food,” Jerry Robison, an event attendee, said.

Free hotdogs, corn, fruit, and beverages were given to those who attended.

"People are really thankful that we're putting on an event like this that's free for workers and families in the city to come together and have a day to celebrate and remember what we've gained as workers, and what we need to continue to work on in days and years ahead,” Chris Rubesch, a steward of the Minnesota Nurses Association, said.

The Duluth Central Labor Body represents 60 affiliated unions and 13,800 union members.

"We have a long tradition of union organizing in the area. Steel workers, public sector building trades have pretty high density and people have an understanding that if they don't take care of themselves, nobody else isn’t going to do it,” Alan Netland, the president of the Northeast Area Labor Council in Minnesota, said.

"We’re organizing to protect our patients. To make sure we have safe working conditions for ourselves, which equals to safe conditions for our patients, and that's really our top priority,” Rubesch said.

Several DFL candidates stopped by the Northland to be part of the annual picnic.

"This Labor Day picnic is just the perfect place to be on Labor Day and it looks like the sun is really shining on Duluth today. I can’t imagine a better day," Sen. Tina Smith, said.

The annual Labor Day event celebrates the social and economic achievements in the country which is all thanks to the hardworking past generations.

“Especially in northeast Minnesota we have a high union density and so we want to honor that and keep that going and honor work. People have been working and they should be respected for the work they do and Labor Day is about that,” Netland said.


Alejandra Palacios

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