The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, September 06, 2013

Celebrating Labor Day

By The Building Tradesman



From Marquette to Monroe, labor union members, family, friends and supporters took part in Labor Day parades and festivities around Michigan.  The founder of the Labor Day holiday, carpenter Peter McGuire, suggested that the day “first be celebrated by a street parade, which would publicly show the strength and esprit du corps of the trade and labor organizations. Next the parade should be followed by a picnic or a festival in some grove....” Done and done!

IN HONOR OF THEIR 100th Anniversary next year, IBEW Local 58 was given lead position in this year’s Detroit Labor Day Parade. Thousands of union members followed and joined the march along Michigan Avenue. Thank you to all who attended.

IN HONOR OF THEIR 100th Anniversary next year, IBEW Local 58 was given lead position in this year’s Detroit Labor Day Parade. Thousands of union members followed and joined the march along Michigan Avenue. Thank you to all who attended.

WEST MICHIGAN Plumbers Pipe Fitters and Service Trades Local 174 members walk behind their banner in Muskegon.

U.P. Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 111 members at the Ishpeming parade. Photo by Michael Laitinen