TOLEDO (WTVG) — Hardworking men and women are celebrating the day with a parade.
“Labor Day’s exciting because it’s what the city’s all about,” commented Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Thousands of people filled Summit St. in a sea of yellow. It was the color of choice this year for many labor unions.
“It makes me proud because without the unions there’s a lot of stuff that we wouldn’t be able to have,” said Cynthia Castilleja, UAW Local 12.
It was easy to spot those who make this day possible. Union members carry on the traditions of the American workforce each year with this veritable show of force.
“Just to get our union members together to celebrate the movement,” said Chuck Collinson, Teamsters Local 20. “That’s what it’s basically about.”
“I’ll tell you what, it’s the support that we get from the public,” added Arnie Cowell, American Postal Workers Union Local 170. “Because when they introduce the postal workers, everybody cheers for us and that does make you feel pretty good.”
From Toledo Jeep to The Toledo Blade, the sentiment across the local chapters is reflected by the slogan on the t-shirts, “American Labor, Union Pride.”
“Oh, it’s great. Just the pride of being a union worker and, you know, getting to make a living wage,” said Mel Yates, Local 18 Operating Engineers.
“You know, this is a great day,” remarked Kevin Dalton, Toledo Federation of Teachers. “It’s a time to celebrate everything that labor has fought for: The time to create safe working environments; Small class sizes in our particular instance for students. But yeah, it’s definitely a celebration for the working people.”
Today those working people are front and center, in the heart of downtown.