Everyone is invited to join the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Midstate Central Labor Council at our annual Labor Day Picnic. The Labor Day Picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, September 6th, in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. Special musical guests this year include Ithaca’s own hip-hop group Gunpoets featuring their newest and excellent release, 9-5, in honor of Labor Day.
For twenty-six years, this Labor Day event has brought hundreds of workers, their families and community members together for a day of fun and celebration in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions working people make to our communities every day.
The public is invited to the Picnic and each family is asked to bring a side dish for themselves to augment the free meat and veggie burgers, hot dogs, beverages, and ice cream. Games for the kids, as well as music and speakers will compliment the good company to be had by all!
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. Bet you can’t wait to find out who that is!! [wicked snicker inserted here.]
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 TCWRC@yahoo.com or or via our website, www.TCWorkersCenter.org