Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on September 02, 2012 @ 6:52PM
Created on September 02, 2012 @ 6:24PM
Labor Day Weekend is one weekend that many families look forward to and Sunday a few organization in Marion County were honoring their hard work.
Hough Park was filled with hundred of people honoring working families everywhere. This year marks the 17th anniversary of this Labor Day Picnic hosted by The Marion County American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organization, The Marion County Democratic Party, and The United Mine Workers of America.
These folks say they give back to their community 364 days a year so it's nice to have one day in honor of themselves. This day is in celebration of the working class but it also is a great time for current issues to be discusses like the recent bankruptcy filing by patriot coal.
"We actually need to recognize the workers for what they do everyday to make the middle class what it is and to remember the struggles of the working class of the past," said Vern Swisher, President of Marion County AFL-CIO.
"Working people are the most patriotic people in the world. Every person who works for a living in this country should be honored today but we should also honor the fact that labor unions have delivered a lot of these benefits to folks," Cecil Roberts, President of UMWA.
Cecil Roberts has been the President of the UMWA for 17 years and is still going strong. He has the second largest term as president right under a 40 year reign.
"I ran into Cecil Roberts as I was walking in and I told him I knew when you came the sun would come out," said Tish Chafin, Candidate.
"Oh I think it's great, I have been here before when Cecil's been here and you end up feeling like you've been at a revival," said Sue Thorn, Candidate.
"You couldn't get a better keynote speaker because he is going to ignite this crowd and pull them together. The importance and make sure they understand how important it is to work together as brothers and sisters," said John Perdue, State Treasurer.
This event always offer free drinks, food, and prizes but all who attend say they enjoy the company and the speakers the most.
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