Labor union slates Brewer play, concert

Posted Sept. 02, 2009, at 8:27 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — On Labor Day, the Eastern Maine Labor Council is inviting the public to the Solidarity Center to listen to folk music featuring Bill Morrissey of New Hampshire and see a play by Harlan Baker, a former Maine legislator.

“It’s really going to be a great event,” Jack McKay, the Eastern Maine Labor Council president, said Wednesday. “We have some really fantastic events.”

The one-hour play, “Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement,” written and performed by Baker, gives insight into labor unions, McKay said. And “Bill Morrissey is a folk legend.”

Morrissey has performed at several events at the Solidarity Center.

The two performances are part of the Labor Day festivities planned for 3-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7., at the Solidarity Center at 20 Ivers St. in Brewer.

Morrissey, a twice Grammy-nominated performer, will hit the stage after Baker’s play is finished, McKay said.

The event is sponsored by the labor council and Food AND Medicine, and all of the funds raised will help pay for the Solidarity Harvest, which puts Thanksgiving meals on the tables of about 150 unemployed union workers in the area.

Because of the tough economic times in Maine, “we’re expanding it to include families in hard times,” McKay said of the free Thanksgiving meal.

Tickets, which are available at Bull Moose Music, are $20. Those who would like more information about the local labor union or the Labor Day events may call 989-5860.

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