Workers of the world unite for health care, pensions and wages

On Labor Day, Sept. 3, tens of thousands of Southland union members, their families and supporters representing over 50 unions will march together on the streets of Wilmington, Calif., to honor Labor Day, and call attention to current labor disputes and issues that affect all working people in the United States.

A parade begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the International Longshore Workers Union Drill Team from San Francisco, marching bands and drill teams from Verdugo Hills, Huntington Park and San Pedro High Schools, plus labor-themed floats.

Following the march, a rally and picnic will be held for the entire family in historic Banning Park with free soft drinks and hot dogs provided by the Harbor Labor Coalition. Also at the park there will be Union booths with information on current struggles.

Rally speakers include: Joseph Radisich, ILWU international vice president, Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Jim Santangelo, secretary-treasurer of Local 848/president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 42 Ron Morgan, president American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Dick Slauson, executive director, Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council A.J. Duffy, president United Teachers of Los Angeles Christina Vasquez, international vice president UNITE HERE Liliana Sanchez, KPFK Elections Coordinator, KPFK Media Sponsor Music provided by Brian Young Blues Band.

When and where: Parade at 10 a.m. Wilmington, Calif., rally and picnic at Banning Park.

For more information on the parade, rally and picnic call 562-595-1891 extension 100.