Over 150 people turned out for our 13th annual Labor Day Celebration on Monday 9/5/16, co-sponsored by the Eastern Maine Labor Council. We had perfect weather, great food and terrific live music. But more importantly, we had a lot of working people show their solidarity. Several local legislators and candidates were in attendance, as well as union members, members of local faith organizations, and the community – all coming together to celebrate the working people of Eastern Maine.
Take a look at our pictures in our Facebook album.
Speakers for the event:
- Emery Deabay, VP of Eastern Maine Labor Council and President of United Steelworkers Local 1188, our emcee for the event.
- Kevin Gregory, Board Treasurer of Food AND Medicine, member Eastern Maine Labor Council and laid off paper mill worker from Millinocket, speaking about Solidarity Harvest.
- Aymie Walshe, member of Maine Education Association (MEA) speaking about Stand Up for Students, Referendum #2 in November
- Scott Cuddy, Trustee of Eastern Maine Labor Council, member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, and candidate for Maine State House of Representatives, speaking about the importance of getting out the vote this November.
- Carmine Leighton, former restaurant worker in the Bangor region, speaking about workers’ rights and how Food AND Medicine assisted her in a dispute with a local restaurant.
- Jenna Dumoulin, former Food AND Medicine Board Member and home health care worker, speaking about raising the minimum wage, Referendum #4 in November, as well as the need for paid sick and personal time for low wage jobs.
- Emily Cain, candidate for United States Congress
- Jack McKay, President of Eastern Maine Labor Council and Director of Food AND Medicine
Our thanks to the volunteers who helped pull it all together, and to everyone who came out.