Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Labor Day is Our Holiday, We've Earned It!

Aug 28, 2013, 13:35 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 28, 2013 /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. Workers built this nation and are the foundation of our country's strength and growth. The Labor Day Holiday is Our Holiday, We've Earned It!

As we recover from a recession and climb our way out of a jobs crisis we are coming together because we believe our economy won't prosper unless all workers are paid a living wage, have a safe place to work and a voice on the job.

We also recognize the millions of workers who do not get this holiday off and the millions of immigrants who work in the shadows, brought here by their desire to contribute to our community. This Labor Day Holiday is for all who labor and sacrifice to achieve the American Dream. Workers everywhere, you've earned it! 

Across Pennsylvania thousands of union members and their families will be celebrating Labor Day by joining their co-workers and friends by marching in parades, enjoying picnics, and holding ceremonies to show their pride in their work and their union pride.

Area Labor Federations, Central Labor Councils and local labor organizations are co-sponsoring many events and celebrations. Join us as we carry on this great American tradition which began over 100 years ago. We've Earned It!

2013 Labor Day Events – Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 22 through Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seven Mountains Central Labor Council Booth at the Grange Fair in Centre Hall

DATES: Thursday, August 22 through Thursday, August 29, 2013.

EVENT: Labor Booth staffed by union volunteers, features prizes and raffle. 

TIMES: 12:00 Noon until midnight.

PLACE: Centre Hall, PA 16828

CONTACT: Dan Long, President, Seven Mountains CLC (814) 441-4425 or

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

York/Adams Central Labor Council Corn Roast and Picnic

DATE: Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: United Autoworkers Local 1872 Union Hall – 3562 Gillispie Drive, York, PA 17408.

CONTACT: Tom Santone, President, York/Adams CLC, (717) 600-1198 or

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blair/Bedford & Johnstown/Cambria/Somerset Central Labor Councils Labor Day Parade and Celebration

DATE: Saturday, August 31, 2013.

EVENT: Labor Day Parade (Union floats, marching bands, vintage vehicles).

TIME: 10:00 AM – Step Off.

PLACE: Greene Ave. and 9th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.

EVENT: Labor Day Celebration (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, refreshments); brief speakers program.

PLACE: Blair/Bedford Central Labor Council – 302 Wopsononock Ave. Altoona, PA 16601.

CONTACT: Bob Kutz, Jr. President, Blair/Bedford CLC (814) 941-2776 or (814) 599-0940

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lancaster Labor Council Picnic and a ballgame with the Barnstormers recognizing Organized Labor

DATE: Sunday, September 1, 2013.

EVENT: Picnic and Lancaster Barnstormers Ballgame.

TIMES: 5:30 PM – Picnic; 6:00 PM – Game Starts.

PLACE: Clipper Stadium, Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.

ADMISSION: $27 for adults; $22 for children, ages 5 thru 12; and FREE Admission for ages 1 thru 4.

CONTACT: Jean Martin, President, Lancaster Labor Council (717) 392-2518

Labor United, Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Commissioners Labor Day Celebration

DATES: Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Labor United Celebration 2013 (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, 280 Markle Road, Apollo PA 15613 (Armstrong County).

Northmoreland Park is located in Allegheny Township and is accessible via State Route 356 from State Routes 56, 66, and 28.

CONTACT: Robert Lavely, President, Greater Westmoreland CLC (724) 238-7406 or contact Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation at (724) 830-3950.

Steelworkers & Friends Labor Day Parade

DATE: Sunday, September 1, 2013.

TIME: 11:00 AM.

PLACE: USW Local 2599 Hall, 53 East Lehigh St. Bethlehem, PA.

CONTACT: USW Local 2599 (610) 867-3772.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Allegheny County Labor Council Labor Day Mass and Parade - (One of the largest Labor Day Parades in the Nation)

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.  

EVENT: Labor Day Mass.

TIME: 8:00 AM.

PLACE: Saint Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church.

EVENT: Labor Day Parade.

TIMES: (8:00 AM – All floats in place; 8:30 AM – Check In; 10:00 AM – Parade starts).

PLACE: Starts at the Civic Center (former Mellon Arena) and finishes at the USW Headquarters Building on the Blvd. of the Allies.

CONTACT: Jack Shea, President, Allegheny County Labor Council/Area Labor Fed. - (412) 281-7450

Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

TIME: 8:00 AM – Doors Open; 9:00 AM – Breakfast.

EVENT: Labor Day Breakfast (Admission $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Get your tickets by August 30 by contacting (717) 561-7830 or (717) 574-6145 or e-mail

NOTE: There will be speakers & activities for children

SPEAKERS: David Gash, President, Harrisburg Region CLC;

State Senator Rob Teplitz;

Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, III;

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson;

Harrisburg CEO Robert Philbin;

Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, Dauphin County;

PLACE: AFSCME Conference Center, 150 South 43rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

CONTACT: Harrisburg Region CLC (717) 561-7830, or

Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council – The Pete De Pietro Labor Day Picnic

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: The Pete DePietro Labor Day Picnic – (Hot dogs, hamburgers, all the sides including corn on the cob, refreshments, watermelon, and CLAMS).

TIME: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM – Rain or shine.

PLACE: The Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park – Willowbrook Dr. and E Bullshead Rd, Allen Township, Northampton, PA.

ADMISSION: $15 per person, kids 10 and under are free!

CONTACT: Gregg Potter, President, Lehigh Valley CLC at (610) 360-9491 or

Mercer County Central Labor Council Buhl Day/Labor Day Parade

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Labor Day Parade.

TIME: 8:30 AM – assemble; 9:00 AM – Parade begins.

PLACE: Across from The John Flynn Funeral Home located on East State Street, Hermitage, PA 16148

CONTACT: Andy Harkulich, President, Mercer CLC - (724) 854-0605

NEPA Area Labor Federation First Annual Labor Day Celebration and Festival in Wilkes-Barre

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Festival Honoring Labor Day.

TIME: 11:00 AM thru 5:00 PM – Singers John Spock and John Smith; rock band Deva Loco; Magician Pat

Ward; Rap Artists, R&B by David Young; Eckley & Patchwork Players. Headline event is George Wesley. Food and displays.

CONTACT: Wayne Namey, UFCW 1776,  or (570) 466-3386

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO 26th Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

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. to Penn's Landing.

EVENT: Phila. AFL-CIO Family Celebration – Food, Refreshments, Kids Activities, Crafts and Live 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 Coordinator - Philadelphia Council  AFL-CIO (215) 665-9800

Reading Berks Central Labor Council 25th Labor Day Parade and Celebration

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Labor Day Parade.

TIME: 10:00 AM - Parade begins; 10:00 AM thru 2:00 PM – Beverage vendors operate at First Energy

Stadium; 1:00 PM thru 2:00 PM – Scholarships awards and winning parade entries to be announced.

PLACE: Parade begins at 8th and Penn Street, travels through City, and disbands at Front St. 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 2, 2013.

TIME: 10:00 AM.

EVENT: Brief ceremony and wreath laying.

SPEAKERS: Nancy Krake, President, Greater Scranton CLC and area labor leaders.

PLACE: John Mitchell Statue, Lackawanna County Courthouse, Adams Ave. between Spruce and Linden Streets, Scranton, PA 18503.

CONTACT: Roxanne Pauline (570) 840-1650

Washington/Greene Central Labor Council Labor Day Picnic

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Labor Day Picnic -Free Admission for all union members, their families, and the friends of labor.

Solidarity Placards which will be displayed at the picnic are being sold – Gold..$300 and Silver..$200. Contact Linda Andrews by 8/24/13 at (724) 228-7246 or 

TIME: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM

PLACE: South Strabane Fire Hall, 1696 East Maiden Street, Washington PA 15301

CONTACT: Linda Andrews, Treasurer, Washington/Greene CLC, (724) 228-7246 or (724) 288-6604 – cell 

York/Adams County Central Labor Council 24th Annual Labor Day Parade and Fishing Derby for Kids

DATE: Monday, September 2, 2013.

EVENT: Fishing Derby for youth; ages 1 thru 15 (prizes in two age categories, winners announced immediately after fishing ends.)

TIMES: 7:00 AM – registration; 7:30 AM – orientation; 8:00 AM thru 11:30 AM – Fishing derby.

PLACES: Kiwanis Lake, York, PA.

CONTACT: Nancy Stough, Fishing Derby Coordinator at (717) 873-4458

EVENT: Labor Day Parade – floats, band, cars and trucks on display – cash prizes to winners of parade.

TIME: 10:00 AM Parade begins at Smalls Athletic Field and finishes at Kiwanis Lake.

CONTACTS:  Alan Vandersloot (717) 771-3806 or Kittie Hake (717) 758-6381

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO