Thousands expected at union Labor Day parade
This year’s theme calls attention to what organizer Louie Diaz, a Teamsters representative and San Pedro native, described as the “biggest struggle” facing workers: rising health-care costs, attacks on pensions and the continued fight for fair wages and working conditions. The event will start around 10a.m. with a parade, followed at noon by a free barbecue and party in Banning Park. “We encourage all unions to participate,” Diaz said, noting that they have endorsements from over 50 labor organizations. Groups such as nurses, ironworkers, engineers and longshoremen will be represented. Parade participants will gather at Broad Avenue and East E Street. Actor Ian Ruskin, founder of the Harry Bridges Project, will perform as the labor leader in front of the Local 13 Dispatch Hall during the 8 a.m. hour, and the drill team from Local 10 in San Francisco will perform. At 10 a.m., participants will march north on Avalon Boulevard for about a mile. The parade will end near M Street along Banning Park, where there will be speakers from local organizations, music by Brian Young and the Blues Station Band and, according to Diaz, over 6,000 grilled snacks. The community is encouraged to participate as well, whether by watching the parade or by attending the barbecue. Diaz said that many community members also jump into the parade to support a family member or prior involvement. “\ they appreciate that the labor movement is still trying to fight the good fight for all working people,” Diaz said. Overall, Diaz said, the day is to celebrate and bring attention to the working class. “It’s the day for labor to pound its chest and say, `We’re still out here and we’re thriving,’ in particular in the L.A. and Long Beach ports,” he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER More than 5,000 local workers are expected to attend and march in Monday’s 28th annual Labor Day parade and rally in Wilmington. Local labor unions and organizations will celebrate the holiday by marching to the theme of Workers of the World Unite for Health Care, Pensions and Wages.