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October 20, 2014, 4:16 pm
970 WMAY News

Labor Day Parade Gets Political

Springfield’s Labor Day parade drew a large crowd, of participants.


But turnout by spectators was light, as is often the case with the annual event.


AFSCME’s float was a truck with messages meant for Governor Pat Quinn and lawmakers who are tasked with reforming state employee pensions. One sign worn by AFSME members had a target on the back with pensions and benefits written on the outer rings and jobs written on the bullseye.


Union representatives say organized labor is fighting back against a concerted effort to dilute workers’ rights and benefits, and say they will keep working to send a message that what’s good for unions is ultimately good for all workers.

AFSCME Float at Springfield's Labor Day Parade
AFSCME Float at Springfield's Labor Day Parade


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