Thousands turn out for annual Labor Day parade

Posted at 10:29 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 23:29:33-04

Thousands of people turned out for Milwaukee's Labor Day Parade on Monday.

Union members walked from Ziedler Park to the Summerfest grounds. 

"Get up, get down. Milwaukee is a union town," chanted organizers as they walked down Milwaukee Avenue.

While union membership is in decline, union workers aren't losing hope in their fight for better wages.

"We're fighting for economic justice number one. Certainly a wages increase would be number two, and number three would be immigration rights. Number four would be to have peace on earth. Goodwill toward all citizens," said Brian Verdin, with the American Federation of Teachers Union.

Milwaukee is a historically union strong city, and County Executive Chris Abele says there is still strong membership and contribution from unions in the building trade.

"There is so much in the pipeline for development, more than in the 20 years I've been in Milwaukee. And you know unions are going to build these buildings. And that's going to make them safer, get them done on time," said Abele.

Workers took time to celebrate the labor movement.

"We as a people we come together with a common cause, but at the same time and we also want to have have fun and we want to have the children participate," said Melissa Verdin.