September 05, 2009

What does labor want?

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”--Samuel Gompers, 1850-1924

FRIENDLY SUGGESTION FOR WEST VIRGINIANS: if you go to a Labor Day event this weekend, make it a real one. Here are some:

Marion County Labor Day Weekend Celebration
Sunday September 6, 2009
Hough Park, Mannington, WV
12 Noon- 4:00 pm
Everyone Welcome! Open to the public.Bring your lawn chair
FREE Food, Ice Cream and Soft Drinks
Live music by Don Hayes and the Country Raiders
Inflatable Fun Houses for children ages 2-12
Over $1,500 in Door Prizes
(Must be present to win)
Program Begins at 2:00 pm
Special Guest Speaker Governor Joe Manchin as well as other elected officials and labor leaders
For additional information contact Marion County Labor Council President,
Vern Swisher at 304-367-0316 or


Paden City Labor Day Parade
Monday September 7th - Line up begins at Noon
Parade begins at 1 PM
For additional information contact Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Labor Council President,
Shelva Smith at 304 845-6002 or


UMWA Friends of Coal Miners Labor Day Celebration
Featured Speaker
UMWA President, Cecil Roberts
Everyone is invited to show their support of West Virginia working families by attending this fun filled day of entertainment, speakers and drawings for door prizes.
John Slack Memorial Park – Racine WV
Activities begin at Noon - Monday, September 7th
For additional information contact: UMWA District 17 Office at 304-346-0341
Proud UMWA Coal Miner & South Central Labor Council President -Clyde McKnight

As my friends at the WV AFLCIO put it, "Labor day is about workers, not corporations."

Have a great Labor Day weekend--and remember the folks who gave us the weekend!


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