Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Labor Day Is Our Holiday!

Aug 27, 2012, 13:59 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Labor Day Holiday was created by Labor Unions as a day to recognize the achievements of working people and the value of work. On this Labor Day Holiday hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania's working men and women will be celebrating by marching in parades, enjoying picnic barbecue's, and holding ceremonies to show their pride in their work and the valuable contributions that all workers make to America. As part of the celebrations they will be supporting policies that will rebuild the nation's middle class and create an economy that works for all not just the few. Pennsylvania's workers support real job creation initiatives that modernize our aging infrastructure, supports public education that gives every child the opportunity to succeed, health security and retirement security for all Americans. And just as important is giving back to workers what they need the most to improve their own wages, benefits and standard of living – the freedom to organize unions without being harassed or fired by their employer.

Join us as we carry on this great American tradition which began over 100 years ago.

2012 Labor Day Events – Pennsylvania

Allegheny County Labor Council
Labor Day Mass and Parade
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Labor Day Mass
TIME: 8:00 AM
PLACE: Saint Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church
EVENT: Labor Day Parade
TIMES: 8:30 AM – Check In; 10:00 AM – Parade Starts
PLACE: Starts at Civic Center (former Mellon Arena) and finishes at the Steelworkers Building on the Blvd. of the Allies.
CONTACT: Jack Shea, President, Allegheny County Labor Council/ALF, (412) 281-7450

Blair/Bedford & Johnstown/Cambria/Somerset
Central Labor Councils Labor Day Parade and Celebration
DATE: Saturday, September 1, 2012
EVENT: Labor Day Parade
TIME: 10:00 AM – Step Off
PLACE: Greene Ave. and 9th Street, Altoona, PA  16601
EVENT: Labor Day Celebration (Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Pizza, and refreshments)
TIME: Will begin between 11:15 AM and 11:30 AM
PLACE: Blair/Bedford Central Labor Council – 302 Wopsononock Ave. Altoona, PA  16601
CONTACT: Bob Kutz, Jr. President, Blair/Bedford Central Labor Council: (814) 941-2776

Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council
Labor Day Breakfast
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
TIME: 9:00 AM
EVENT: Labor Day Breakfast
ADMISSION: $10.00 per person
CONTACT/RESERVATIONS: Harrisburg Region CLC, (717) 561-7830 or

Lancaster Labor Council
Picnic and a ballgame with the Barnstormers recognizing organized labor
DATE: Sunday, September 2, 2012
EVENT: Picnic and a ballgame
TIMES: 5:30 PM – Picnic; 6:00 PM – Game begins
PLACE: Clipper Stadium, Prince Street, Lancaster, PA
ADMISSION: $25 for adults; $23 for children 12 yrs. and under; Free Admission for Ages 1 through 4
CONTACT: Jean Martin, President, Lancaster Labor Council, (717) 392-2518 

Lehigh Valley Labor Council
Labor Day Picnic
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Labor Day Picnic
TIMES: 12:00 Noon through 5:00 PM
PLACE: Bethlehem Township Municipal Park, Farmersville, PA 18020
TICKETS: $15 in advance or at the picnic; ages 12 and under are free (beer, sodas, clams, hot dogs, and Hamburgers
CONTACT: Gregg Potter, President, Lehigh Valley Labor Council; (610) 360-9491 or;

Mercer County Central Labor Council
Buhl Day/Labor Day Parade
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Labor Day Parade
TIME: 9:00 AM – assemble; 9:30 AM Parade begins
PLACE: Hermitage Shopping Center at the Giant Eagle and K-Mart, Hermitage, PA 16148
CONTACT:  Andy Harkulich, President, Mercer CLC (724) 854-0605

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
24th Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Festival
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Tri-State Labor Day Parade
TIMES: 8:30 AM – Parade Gathers; 9:15 AM – Parade Kickoff Rally; 10:00 AM - Parade Begins
PLACE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall, Columbus Blvd and Washington Ave.
EVENT: Annual Family Festival – Food, Refreshments, activities for the children, crafts and Music
TIMES: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
PLACE: Penn's Landing, Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd.and Market St.
CONTACT: Joni Bernard, Chair and Events Coord. Philadelphia AFL-CIO, (215) 665-9800

Reading/Berks Central Labor Council
24th Labor Day Parade and Celebration
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Labor Day Parade
TIME: 10:00 AM – Parade begins; 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM – Beverage vendors operate at First Energy Stadium; 1:00 PM through 2:00 PM  - Scholarship awards and winning parade entries announced.
PLACE: Parade begins at 8th and Penn Streets and disbands on Front Street at First Energy Stadium
CONTACT: G. Fred Shaeff, Jr. President, Reading/Berks CLC (610) 374-2725

Greater Scranton Central Labor Council
Labor Day Ceremony
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Ceremony and wreath laying
TIME: 10:00 AM through 10:45 AM
PLACE: John Mitchell Statue, Lackawanna County Courthouse, Adams Ave. between Spruce and Linden Streets, Scranton, PA 18503
CONTACT: Roxanne Pauline, (570) 840-1650

Seven Mountains Central Labor Council
Labor Council Booth at the Grange Fair in Centre Hall
DATES: Thursday, August 23 through Thursday, August 30, 2012
EVENT: Labor Booth staffed by union volunteers
TIMES: During daytime hours and definitely open during evenings from 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM
PLACE: Centre Hall, PA 16828
CONTACT: Dan Long, President, Seven Mountains CLC, (814) 441-4425 or

Labor United, Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Commissioners
Labor Day Celebration
DATES: Sunday, September 2 and Monday September 3, 2012
EVENT: Labor United Celebration 2012 (biggest celebration east of the Mississippi) Live free entertainment, circus, amusement rides, arts, crafts, and flea markets
TIMES: 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM
PLACE: Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township off of Route 356
CONTACT: Robert Lavely, President, Greater Westmoreland CLC (724) 238-7406

York/Adams County Central Labor Council
Labor Day Parade and Celebration
DATE: Monday, September 3, 2012
EVENT: Fishing Derby for youth; ages 1 through 15 (prizes in two age categories)
TIMES: 7:00 AM – registration; 7:30 AM – orientation; 8:00 AM through 11:30 AM – Fishing derby
PLACE: Kiwanis Lake, York, PA
CONTACT: Nancy Stough, Fishing Derby Coordinator, (717) 873-4458
EVENT: Labor Day Parade
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Parade begins at Smalls Athletic Field and ends at Kiwanis Lake
CONTACTS: Alan Vandersloot, (717) 771-3806 or Kittie Hake (717) 758-6381

Bethlehem, PA
Steelworkers and Friends Labor Day Parade
DATE: Sunday, September 2, 2012
TIME: 11:30 AM
PLACE: Begins under the Hill to the Hill Bridge in the parking lot at Spring and Main Street and concludes there.
CONTACT for additional information:  (610) 867-3772

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