The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO is announcing that the annual Labor Day Parade and Festival will be canceled for 2020 due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to hold a virtual event to allow for the safe recognition of Labor Day and the solidarity it brings while staying safe and healthy.
“2020 will continue to look different for a lot of Coulee Region residents, but we are committed to using the tools at our disposal to recognize Labor Day and its meaning” said Tyler Tubbs, President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
“It obviously saddens us to make such an announcement, but the cancelation will not hold us back from continuing to develop collective power and solidarity in Western Wisconsin,” said Bill Brockmiller, Webmaster for the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and AFT 4999 Treasurer. “Whether we gather online or in-person, we’ll continue to engage active and retiree members by encouraging them to connect with each other and with community and elected officials in safe and healthy ways.”
If not canceled, 2020 would have been the 129th year with a Labor Day Parade in La Crosse. La Crosse’s first Labor Day Parade was in 1891, and 2020 marks only the 8th time that the parade was not held since that 1891 start date. Previous years without a parade were in 1896, 1897, 1899, 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1965.
Please celebrate Labor Day safely with family.
The labor movement is working relentlessly to safeguard the health and safety of all laborers, including workers on the front lines of this public health crisis. The AFL-CIO has trained, educated, and equipped our workers with the tools they need to be safe on the job.
The pandemic is also damaging the American economy. We are doing everything we can to limit the negative impact on the livelihoods of working people, and we continue to lobby for action from local, state, and federal governments to help mitigate these adverse effects.
Labor Day is a day to remember that the rights of working people have been won and sustained by the people’s movement fueled by a desire and passion for change.
As we celebrate Labor Day, take care to remind friends, family, and co-workers that all work has value.