The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, August 04, 2000


By The Building Tradesman

Labor Day Parade set for Sept. 1
Make plans to attend the 2000 edition of the Detroit Labor Day parade, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.

There is no change in the meeting area for parade participants, who will gather along Trumbull south of Michigan Avenue at around 8-9 a.m. However, there is a change in how the parade will be routed: in the past few years, the building trades have marched east along Michigan Avenue. This year, because of construction in the Kern Block area, the building trades will proceed north along Trumbull, turning right on Grand River and finishing at the Lodge Freeway near the Motor City Casino.

The rest of organized labor marching in the parade will also change the direction of their march: the Woodward parade participants will begin at Michigan Avenue and proceed north to Mack Avenue. A LaborFest celebration will take place at the Carpenters Union Hall at Woodward and Mack after the parade.

Also, make plans to give blood before or after the parade, as the American Red Cross will be setting up shop at the IBEW Local 58 hall on Abbott, east of Trumbull, once again this year from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you want to make your Labor Day an even longer one downtown, a number of unions have $8 tickets available for the 5 p.m. Detroit Tiger game that day. Contact your local union.

First aid/CPR Classes available
It's never too late to sign up for first aid/CPR classes offered by the Michigan Construction Trades Safety Institute - just don't let it be too late.

Fall classes are available at various sites and times around the states for the training, which is free to labor/management groups that are members of the institute. If you have a group of 10 or more, the institute can arrange a class at a location of your choosing. Training is also available for spouses and children.

For more information or to receive a coarse schedule, contact the Michigan Construction Trades Safety Institute at (800) 657-8345.