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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Labor Day is Our Holiday, We've earned it!

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 26, 2014 /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!

On our holiday we will join together and renew our firm commitment in raising the wages and the living standards for all workers by supporting those workers who are fighting for a living wage and a union all across our nation. We stand together in support of decent wages and retirement security for all workers by restoring the bargaining strength for working men and women. This is how we will expand economic recovery, growth, and rebuild our middle class.

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. Our Labor Day Holiday is for all who labor and sacrifice to achieve the American Dream.

This land is our land too. It is not just for billionaires who are trying to buy our democracy, repress our living standards and our voice in state after state. On this Labor Day Holiday we proudly fight for our living standards and our rights to push for legislation and policies that raise wages and create good jobs for all workers.

Across Pennsylvania thousands of union members and their families will be celebrating Labor Day by joining their co-workers and friends to march in parades, enjoy picnics, and hold ceremonies to show that they are proud to be union members. Join us as we carry on this great American tradition which began over 100 years ago.

2014 Labor Day Events – Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 21 through Thursday, August 28, 2014
Seven Mountains Central Labor Council Labor Council Booth at the Grange Fair in Centre Hall
DATES: Thursday, August 21 through Thursday, August 28, 2014.
EVENT: Labor Booth staffed by union volunteers, features prizes, raffle, and balloons for the kids. 
TIMES:  Booth will be open at 12:00 Noon until midnight.
PLACE: Centre Hall, PA 16828

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
York/Adams Central Labor Council Corn Roast and Picnic
DATE: Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: United Autoworkers Local 1872 Union Hall & Picnic Area – 3562 Gillispie Drive, York, PA 17408.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Convocation: Celebration of the Anniversary of the March on Washington
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Interdenominational Ministers Conference, NAACP, and the Martin Luther King Leadership Development Institute.
DATE: Thursday, August 28, 2014
TIME: 6:00 PM
GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. Alvin Love, President Obama's clergy liaison
PLACE: AFSCME Conference Center, 150 S. 43rd St. Harrisburg, PA 17111

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Blair/Bedford & Johnstown/Cambria/Somerset Central Labor Councils Labor Day Parade and Celebration
DATE: Saturday, August 30, 2014.
EVENT: Labor Day Parade (Union floats, marching bands, vintage autos).
TIME: 9:30 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.

Labor United of Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Commissioners Labor Day Celebration
DATES: Sunday, August 31 and Monday September 1, 2014.
EVENT: Labor United Celebration 2014 (biggest celebration east of the Mississippi).
Lots to do: great music, delicious food, carnival rides, a one ring circus, games and more, (free admission).
TIMES: 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM.
PLACE: Northmoreland Park, 280 Markle Road, Apollo PA 15613 (Armstrong County). 
The Park is located in Allegheny Township and is accessible via State
Route 356 from State Routes 56, 66, and 28.    

Steelworkers & Friends Labor Day Parade (needs updated)
DATE: Sunday, August 31, 2014
TIME: 11:00 AM.
PLACE: Parade will begin at the lot at the Main and Spring Streets intersection in Bethlehem, PA

Monday, September 1, 2014
Allegheny County Labor Council Labor Day Mass and Parade
(One of the largest Labor Day Parades in the Nation)
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.  
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: Parade starts across the street from Console Energy Arena (former Mellon Arena) and finishes at the USW Headquarters Building on the Blvd. of the Allies.

Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
EVENT: Labor Day Breakfast
TIME: 8:00 AM – Doors Open; 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon -  Breakfast, Speakers program and activities for the children.
ADMISSION: $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
NOTE: Free admission for children under 12
SPEAKERS: David Gash, President, Harrisburg Region CLC & TBA
PLACE: AFSCME Conference Center, 150 South 43rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council – The Pete De Pietro Labor Day Picnic
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
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! Payments or guaranteed reservations must be received by August 25.

Mercer County Central Labor Council Buhl Day/Labor Day Parade
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
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

NEPA Area Labor Federation Labor Day Celebration and Festival in Wilkes-Barre
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
EVENT: Festival Honoring Labor Day.
TIME: 10:00 AM thru 6:00 PM –Live music headlined by George Wesley, and Ron Coleman and the Star 5 Band. Food and entertainment for the entire family

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO 27th Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
EVENT: Tri-State Labor Day Parade.
TIMES: 8:30 AM – Parade gathering; 9:15 AM – Pre-parade Kickoff Rally; 10:00 AM – Parade begins.
PLACE: Parade march from Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall, Columbus Blvd and Washington Ave. to Penn's Landing Great Plaza at Columbus Blvd and Market Street.
EVENT: Philadelphia 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.

Reading/Berks Central Labor Council 27th   Annual Labor Day Parade and Celebration
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
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 – Scholarship awards and winning parade entries announced.
PLACE: Parade begins at 8th and Penn Street, travels through City, and disbands at Front St. at First Energy Stadium.

Greater Scranton Central Labor Council Labor Day Ceremony (needs updated)
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
TIME: 10:00 AM.
EVENT: Speakers program and brief ceremony. 
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.

Washington/Greene Central Labor Council Labor Day Picnic (needs updated)
DATE: Monday, September 1, 2014.
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
TIME: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM
PLACE: South Strabane Fire Hall, 1696 East Maiden Street, Washington PA 15301

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.
EVENT: Labor Day Parade – floats, band, cars and trucks on display – cash prizes to winners of the parade.
TIME: 10:00 AM Parade begins at Smalls Athletic Field and finishes at Kiwanis Lake.

Note: These events are also listed on the calendar of our website at

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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