As the end of summer approaches, we have an important holiday to celebrate. Labor Day is obviously important to what we do at GTBS in our work as attorneys for unions, injured workers and disabled individuals. But it really is a significant holiday for everyone in this state because the labor movement has had such an impact on who we are and how we work.
The New York Times has a great page set up with information about the history of Labor Day and the labor movement. You can see that the labor movement is still happening and that we all can play a role in getting better pay, better jobs and better working conditions for all of Ohio’s workers. Unions and workers struggle in this economy to fight for a living wage. Corporations and politicians struggle to preserve revenue at the peril of their work force. We have made strides, but it is an ongoing fight.
The City of Toledo offers a terrific Labor Day Parade every year. We look forward each September to our participation in the parade, as we show our pride in our union relationships and honor those who fight hard every day for fairness in the work place. This year, we are particularly excited about the parade as our founder Jack Gallon serves as the parade’s Grand Marshall of the parade on Monday, September 6, 2010. Jack has been a key player in the labor movement in Northwest Ohio, dedicating his career and his life to defending the rights of union members and working people. We all share his vision, and the vision of Ohio’s work force, for good jobs and fair treatment in the work place.
We hope to see you and your families at the parade this year!