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Labor Day picnic supports Idaho's workforce

Posted: 5:22 AM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 07:22:45-04
Labor Day picnic supports Idaho's workforce

BOISE, Idaho — For many, Labor Day means one last summer vacation but the holiday is a celebration of the Labor Movement.

Around 500 people stopped by Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day with the Boise Central Trades and Labor Council. A line quickly formed byte barbecue, where volunteers served lunch for union leaders, policy makers and working families.

The Boise Central Trades and Labor Council is working to support the Idaho workforce by raising the state's minimum wage.

"This is hosted by the unions, but its about workers in general. A lot of times we talk about safety and the safety rules and stuff that's been brought by unions, but they affect all workers." said Leland Heinbach, Boise Central Trades and Labor Council President. "When we talk about worker safety its about all workers."

Visitors also donated canned goods or cash to help the Labor Council restock its union food pantry. Among the crowd were state and local lawmakers and some members of Boise's city government.