Annual tri-state Labor Day Parade

PENN'S LANDING - September 6, 2010 Thousands of union workers and laborers marched along Columbus Boulevard for the annual tri-State Labor Parade and AFL-CIO Family Festival at Penn's Landing.

But along with the hot dogs and music there was also concern about the effect the sour economy is having on the American workforce.

Members of the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1291 tossed pineapples into the Delaware in a tea-party like protest against the Del Monte Corporation.

The ILU says Del Monte recently announced plans to sever ties in favor of a start-up union that agreed to work for far-below average union wages. The ILU says it's simply unfair.

"Del Monte hear this we're not going away and if you think we're not up to the fight you're sadly mistaken," said Boise Butler, President ILU Local 1291.

Meantime, the Postal Workers Union was sounding off against the Postal Service's plan to reduce the mail delivery week from 6 days to 5 days.

"There's a lot of ways to cut down on the finances of the post office rather than take away from the community," said Gwen Ivey of the Postal Workers Union.

Local leaders say these concerns are a sampling to the reasons why it's important for policy-makers to work on establishing a more secure future for American laborers.

"There's a lot of ways to cut down on the finances of the post office rather than take away from the community," said Gwen Ivey of the Postal Workers Union.

But as one union official told Action News those concerns are for tomorrow right now they'll enjoy the beautiful weather on a day that's to honor them.

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