Rochester celebrates Labor Day with parade Friday evening

Created: 08/29/2014 7:22 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

For the first time in Rochester’s history, the Labor Day Parade is not happening on the actual holiday. Marching bands, local elected officials and community leaders marched through the streets Friday evening.

Erin Young, the executive director of the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation said this does not have any significance when it comes to the strength or importance of the labor movement. She said the parade is on Friday instead of Monday in recognition of all the marching bands taking part in the Drum Corp Associates World Championships at Sahlen’s Stadium over the weekend.

Young said the theme of the parade is what labor leaders are focused on.

“Our theme this year, making Rochester work, is really trying to bring a light to how this community is the way that it is. The workers who make it this way, the workers who provide the services on a city and a county level and all the towns and villages that make this a great city,” said Young.

Young said labor leaders are also concerned in this election season with efforts across the state to freeze wages and take away pensions as municipalities deal with shrinking budgets. According to Young, the labor movement is finding itself in a fight to preserve rights for workers, but said they are not entitlements.

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