Friday, August 30, 2013


Rochester, N.Y. -- The Rochester & Vicinity Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO will hold a press conference before the kick-off of the 2013 Annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 2nd in honor of Labor Day to recognize the working men and women who are the foundation of progress and the cornerstone of the City of Rochester’s growth.

Rochester Labor Council members, workers, families and community leaders are coming together to discuss how the productivity of working families has powered the City of Rochester and surrounding counties’ social and economic expansion while the fabric of the American Dream has frayed under a generation of stagnation, growing income inequality and failed public policy.

With the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington this year, and critical immigration reform legislation on the table in Washington, D.C., our members and leaders want to remind the community of how far we’ve come in the last 50 years, but how much further we have to go. As we celebrate the contributions of ALL workers this Labor Day, we recognize that our approach to change must be rooted in our values as a nation. We believe in hard work, in the dignity of all work and in respect for one another. What unites us as Americans is our belief in shared values and in the country we all call home, not where we were born or where we come from.

Strong protections for worker standards and worker rights are essential to the economic future for all working people—EVERYONE should be able to attain the American Dream.

Where: Seneca Waterways Boy Scouts Building, 474 East Ave. in Rochester

When:  Press Conference at 10:00 AM; Parade begins at 11:00 AM

Who: Guest speakers include Mayor Tom Richards, President of the Rochester Labor Council Jim Bertolone, City Council Candidate Rev. Marlowe Washington and Public Employee Federation's Denise Young.

The parade kicks off at 11:00 AM near the corner of East Ave. and Alexander St. and proceed west toward downtown East Main Street.

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