Labor council hosts annual picnic

Sep 1, 2014 7:50 PM by Charlene Cheng

Labor Day is more than just a day off from work, and unions want those celebrating to remember that.

"Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker. It started over a century ago celebrating the American worker. This is the one day of the year that we take off to celebrate the patriotism of the people that built this country," said Loel Yerion, president of the Five Counties Central Labor Council.

Many locals have made it a tradition to head to the Anderson River Park for the annual picnic.

This year, members of the local postal workers union have something on their minds.

They used the event to circulate an important petition.

"Our mail processing center is what they'll be closing, so we'll no longer be processing that mail that we accumulate and collect daily, that we currently process now at the Redding main office," said Nancy DeNayer, president of the local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union.

District 1 congressional candidate Heidi Hall is in support of the petition.

She says that shutting down the plant would affect workers and residents alike.

"It's the only facility in this entire Northern area. it would make our mail deliveries later, which is very important for people getting social security checks. It's important for people who are going to want to vote by mail," Hall said.

Other candidates were also invited to the picnic, but the Labor Council has not yet made its official endorsements.

"Our endorsements are very simple. Who supports the American worker? Who supports the person that gets up every morning and goes to work all day? Who supports that person? Who joins us in supporting that person? That's what we look at," Yerion said.


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