Unions Host Annual Duluth Labor Day Picnic

Brandon Weathers
Updated: September 02, 2019 06:24 PM

Union members welcomed community members and state officials to Bayfront Park Monday for the annual Labor Day picnic put on by the AFL-CIO.

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Senator Tina Smith said, "There's music, there's great food, there's a real sense of friendship, and it's a beautiful day here in Duluth. I can't imagine a better place to be."

The picnic is a gathering of union members to celebrate the strides that have been made through the labor movement.

Smith said, "If you have a weekend, if you get overtime, if you have a pension, if you have a safe working place, you can thank organized labor for that. So today is our day to be thankful."

It's also a time for unions to unite. Smith said, "You've got civic leaders and union leaders and community leaders, schoolboard members, people who send their kids to the schools, everybody comes together, and I just love it."

In addition to the comradery, attendees get a free meal. 30 year volunteer for the event Janet Nelson said, "They all want a hotdog, there's chips, and corn, the best corn on the cob ever."

It takes countless volunteers to prepare and serve the 3,600 hotdogs and ears of corn.

Duluth Central Labor Body President Beth McCuskey said, "There's a lot of people, and what you don't see is all of our great volunteers and our committee that work behind the scenes to make this event happen," she said, "And that's part of the Duluth labor community, we are supportive of each other."


Brandon Weathers

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