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August 31, 2013

78th annual parade to salute labor

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Labor unions are responsible for negotiating wages, benefits and working conditions for their membership, Ostrander noted. Labor unions represent their members in disputes with management over violations of contract provisions.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

Parades have been a tradition of Labor Day celebrations since the inception of the holiday in 1882. History documents parades in Danville as far back as 1935.

Pre-parade assembly for the 2013 Danville Labor Day Parade starts at 9 a.m.

Vermilion County Federation of Labor President Mike Dodge, member of the United Steelworkers, urges all to come out for “an old-fashioned parade — Union Made.”

Downtown Danville, Inc. executive director Dana Schaumburg says it’s always nice to see so many people line the streets downtown for the parade.

According to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, “The Labor Day parade is a very important event in our community in that it brings people of all ages together to celebrate. It is a way to honor the hard-working men and women of our county and to recognize the strong businesses which make up our community.

“It’s also a festive way to end the summer by enjoying the bands, saluting our veterans and thanking the organizations and individuals who strongly support our community throughout the year.”

Eisenhauer says special thanks goes out to Ostrander and her team who put together the parade every year, and the hard work she and her volunteers put in to making the parade run smoothly.

He says “It truly is one of those marquee events each year that I, and many, many others, look forward to and is the perfect way to cap off the summer.”

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