Unions Across State Gear Up for Labor Day Events

Holiday Is Celebration of Working People, Call for ‘Fair Shot’

Central Labor Councils and other union groups will hold Labor Day events promoting a fair shot for Texas working people in cities across Texas.

Texas AFL-CIO officers and staff will fan out to attend most of the celebrations listed below, some of which take place ahead of Monday’s Labor Day holiday. 

 “This year marks the 125thtime Labor Day has had status as an official federal holiday,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “While some issues faced by working people have not changed from the first celebrations, the labor movement in Texas has become more diverse and more focused on providing a fair shot to working families who do not have the benefit of union contracts.”

 “Among many fair-shot issues, our movement is battling in 2018 for living wages, health care for all, earned paid sick leave, stronger support for public schools and colleges, a recommitment to a strong Social Security system, comprehensive immigration reform and the right of working people to speak up together for better lives,” Levy said. 

“Every one of these benefits should be accessible to every last worker, and I’m proud to say that unions that have already achieved some of these benefits in contracts consider their business unfinished until the benefits spread to non-union workers.”

 The union-sponsored Labor Day celebrations of working families include: 

Amarillo Central Labor Council– Picnic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Memorial Park, 2501 S. Washington St., Amarillo.

Austin Central Labor Council– Fish fry, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, National Association of Letter Carriers #181, 601 Williams St., Austin.

Central Texas Central Labor Council– Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, George’s Restaurant, 1925 Speight Ave., Waco.

Coastal Bend Central Labor Council– Breakfast, 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, CWA Hall, 1210 S. Staples, Corpus Christi.

Dallas AFL-CIO– Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Eddie Deen Ranch, 944 S. Lamar St., Dallas.

Galveston County Labor Assembly– Breakfast, 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Walter Hall Park, 807 SH 3 N, League City.

Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation– Barbecue Cookoff, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena. Also, Women of Labor Day Brunch, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Campbell Hall in Pasadena Convention Center.

Lubbock Central Labor Council– Barbecue, 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Buddy Holly Park, North University & Cesar Chavez Drive, Lubbock.

El Paso Central Labor Council– Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Wyndham Hotel Airport, 2027 Airway Blvd., El Paso.

Permian Basin Central Labor Council– Picnic, 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, City of Lawndale Community Blvd., 9201 Rainbow, Odessa.

San Antonio Central Labor Council– Picnic, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive, San Antonio.

Smith County Central Labor Council– Barbecue, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, Lindsey Park Spur 364, Tyler.