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Labor Day 2019 in NC

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Events in Canton, Charlotte, and Durham

In Canton, NC

What: United Steelworkers (USW) Smoky Mountain Local 507, AFL-CIO, CLC are proudly hosting the 113th Canton Labor Day Parade, the longest-running Labor Day parade in the South, featuring a float by the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council marshalled by NC State AFL-CIO president MaryBe McMillan.

When: Monday, September 2, 2019 from 10-11:30 AM

Where: Downtown Canton, NC; meet up at USW Smoky Mountain Local 507, 35 Park St, Canton, NC

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In Charlotte

What: The 20th annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade will be held on September 2, 2019 in uptown Charlotte. Please consider being a part of this true Labor Day parade, put on by Labor, and held on Labor Day. Labor unions, worker organizations, bands, businesses, car clubs, political candidates, civic groups are welcomed. Were are a 501c3 non-profit and appreciate donations to help defray the high cost of our annual parade. Come out and honor and celebrate the accomplishments and remember the hardships of American Labor.

When: Monday, September 2, 2019 from 11 AM to noon

Where: The parade route starts at the Hal Marshal Center, 618 N College St, then moves south on Tryon St. through The Square, turning on 3rd St, and ending on College Street.

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In Durham

What: Join the 1st Annual Durham Labor Day Parade and Cook-out! We will be launching our "Reclaim Our Time" campaign for Fair scheduling and Paid Time Off + Medicare for All! We invite all labor organizations, unions, and workers to join us for this important campaign launch and first inaugural Labor Day Parade! Come out and enjoy free food and learn more about the Durham Workers Assembly.

When: Monday, September 2, 2019 from 2-5:00 PM

Where: Rally and Parade kick-off at the Durham County Social Services Building, 414 E. Main Street; from there, the parade will go down Liberty Street to Long Meadow Park, 917 Liberty Street, for a cookout from 3:00 PM until.

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Workers are winning

This Labor Day, workers are winning. Momentum is building. The balance of power is shifting. Across the country, working people are joining the fight for a better deal and a better life.

MIT found that half of non-union workers would vote to join a union TODAY if given the chance. That’s more than 60 million people ready to secure a voice on the job.

And just as the labor movement is setting the bar higher than ever before in the 2020 election, fresh research from Gallup shows approval of unions at 64 percent, a nearly 50-year high.

Workers are winning because we are standing together and communities are rallying behind us. We are the community and the community is us. We will not allow others to tell us what we are worth. We are defining our own value. Our value is a fair paycheck and much more:

  • It’s respect from our employer and coworkers.
  • It’s a say in our conditions at work.
  • It’s quality health care so we don’t go broke when we get sick.
  • It’s a secure retirement.
  • It's an opportunity for training and advancement.
  • It’s a voice in technology and sharing the benefits of innovation.

Put simply, workers are refusing to settle—at work, in the community and in politics.

As we march forward together in solidarity, working people are ready to exposing President Trump’s broken promises, demanding better from Democrats and finally win a level playing field for union organizing by passing the PRO Act.

Write Your Representative: Co-Sponsor H.R. 2474, Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019