Happy Labor Day

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“I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, it’s part of the solution. You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement.”
— President Barack Obama, Jan. 30, 2009

“I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.”
— President Abraham Lincoln, Hartford, CT March 5, 1860

“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


Union-Made-Labor-Day-Shopping-List

Planning a Labor Day cookout? Check out this list of union made products to make sure your celebration is a success!

Don’t have plans yet? Join your union sisters and brothers throughout Virginia at one of the great events happening over the holiday weekend!

Saturday, September 5th: Roanoke Labor Day Parade. Join the Western Virginia Area Labor Federation for the 4th Annual Labor Day Parade in Downtown Roanoke. Line up begins at 9:00 am on Jefferson Street; Parade steps off at 11:00 am. For more information or to sign your group up to participate, please contact Cliff Carlton at 540-871-5870.

Monday, September 7th: NOVA Labor’s Annual Labor Day Picnic. Pack up the kids and head to NOVA Labor’s Annual Labor Day Picnic! Monday, September 7th from 12:00(noon) -3:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Woodbridge. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and a ‘low country boil’ will be provided, but please consider bringing a side dish to share. Click Here to Sign Up for the Potluck! For additional information, call 703-750-3633.

Monday, September 7th: 6th Annual Salute to Labor Unions & Community Leaders Breakfast. Join the Hampton Democratic Committee, the Eastern Virginia Labor Federation, and special guest, Congressman Bobby Scott for a Labor Day Breakfast.Monday, September 7th from 9:00am – 11:00am, at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina (700 Settlers Landing, Hampton, VA 23669). Ticket prices begin at $30/individual. For more information or to order tickets, please visit the Hampton Democratic Committee or call 757-287-0277.