The following is a press release from the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, which is holding its 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca on Monday, Sept. 1.

31st Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca: Building a Strong Local Economy for Workers

(Ithaca) The Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, will hold the 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 1st, in Ithaca’s Stewart Park, Main Pavilion. This year’s picnic theme is “Building a Strong Local Economy for Workers”. Special musical guests this year include Richie Stearns and the Evil City String Band.

The Labor Council and Workers’ Center invite the community to join them and enjoy free picnic fare, music, and presentations of awards. The picnic is free and everyone is invited. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share and to enjoy the free burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs, beverages, and ice cream.

Says Dave Marsh, President of the Tompkins-Cortland Building Trades Council and Business Agent for Laborers Union Local 785: “As the community comes together to celebrate another year of progress for workers at the 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic, let us also ensure that we are all doing our part to build a strong local economy for workers”.

The annual awards have become a highlight of the Labor Day Picnic over the years, and this year will be no different. The Mother Jones and Joe Hill awards are presented to people for their activism, organizing, and sacrifice at work. The Friend of Labor award is presented to a member of the community who has spoken out publicly or taken action in support of working people. The notorious Goat of Labor goes to an especially egregious offender of workers’ rights and/or the value of labor to our common good.

Local human service agencies, Living Wage Employers, and other organizations are welcome to have organizing tables at the event (however, please contact in advance). For more information, contact the Workers’ Center at, 607-269-0409, or via the website,

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.