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(ITHACA) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center, the Tompkins/Cortland Labor Committee, and the Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will hold the 34th Annual Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 4th, in Ithaca’s Cass Park, in a pavilion IMMEDIATELY NORTH of the Ithaca Children’s Garden (note the change from the usual location at Stewart Park!) This year’s picnic theme is “Fight for a Countywide Minimum Wage That is a Living Wage/Mobilize for Our Rights!” (Sign in on Facebook)

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, ice cream and beverages. This year’s program will include the music of the Ithaca Bottom Boys.

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.
David Marsh, Business Manager of Laborers Local 785 and an organizer of the Picnic says: “As American Workers prepare to enjoy our day, Labor Day,  we should remember the effort and sacrifice made by past generations of workers to secure the worker rights that we now enjoy and to commit to mobilize for future improvements in our rights.”
Featured photo by Sam Scott/The Ithaca Voice