Monthly Archives: September 2015



Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the Common Good, dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace.

That’s why this Labor Day, people of all faiths are organizing services focused on celebrating workers and uplifting calls for worker justice across the nation.

Interfaith Worker Justice

The Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center will hold the 32nd Annual Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 7th, in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. This year’s picnic theme is “Organize for Respect”.

The Labor Council and Workers’ Center invite YOU to join us 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, and beverages.

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 32nd 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.