Labor Day (the first Monday in September) was created by the American labor movement and celebrates the American worker.
When I’m not here writing, I’m putting in six days a week inside an old-world manufacturing facility in Louisville.
We take a bar of steel, heat it up, and use powerful machines to pound the metal between dies that produce parts for the transportation industry.
It is filthy, hazardous, repetitive work that has claimed the hands and fingers of many who have tried it.
It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.
Being a member of the Steelworker’s union is a proud tradition, and membership certainly has its privileges.
One of them is the annual Labor Day Picnic, sponsored by Greater Louisville United Labor.
This year’s annual celebration for union members and their families is Monday, September 3rd at the Louisville Zoo:
- Food and drinks served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Zoo Hours 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Exhibits remain open until 6:00 p.m.)
- Off-site parking and shuttles will be available.
Tickets include all-day admission to the zoo, picnic food and drinks, and a car show. There will be rides for kids and music in the picnic area.
For Union Members and their families, advance tickets may be purchased for $5 per person through your Labor Union Representative or at one of the following until close of business on Friday, August 31, 2012: Teamsters Local 89, 3813 Taylor Boulevard 502-368-5885 or IBEW Local 369, 4315 Preston Highway, Suite 102 502-368-2568.
On September 1 and 2, advance tickets can be purchased at the Louisville Zoo admissions window with your union card during regular zoo hours.
On Monday, September 3, tickets can be purchased at the zoo’s “union registration” table for $7 per person from 10 am until 3 pm.
Louisville is still a pretty big union town, and this event is always crowded.
Skip the hikes, bikes and paddles for a real Labor Day celebration.
Take the day off and have some fun.
About Labor Day: The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
More here: www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm