Labor Day highlights in Maine

Posted Sept. 04, 2011, at 8:05 p.m.

There are several events in Maine highlighting Labor Day on Monday.

• The Southern Maine Labor Council is hosting its annual breakfast at the Irish Heritage Center in Portland. This year’s Working Class Hero award will honor the memory of Jim Carson, the late president of Teamsters Local 340.

• The Western Maine Labor Council is hosting its annual free barbecue at the IBEW 567 Hall in Lewiston. A children’s tent will include child care, balloons and face painting.

• Some traditional labor events in the Bangor area are on hiatus this year, however.

Food AND Medicine, along with the Eastern Maine Labor Council, will not host a Labor Day celebration because of an overwhelming number of pressing family needs of numerous key volunteers at the two organizations.

Eastern Maine Labor Council President Jack McKay, whose mother recently shattered her hip, said, “We were looking forward to this year’s celebration, as the cause of Labor is particularly important this year. However, we had a near perfect storm of issues affecting our activists, so it made sense for members to have ‘one off’”

Eastern Maine Labor Council Vice President Emery Deabay stated, “We spent the first half of 2011 fending off numerous attacks on Labor. We saw hundreds of people become galvanized as it became very clear who in Augusta really supported labor.”

Deabay, who spent much of the summer in Wisconsin aiding workers there, added, “given the battles we have coming, we thought it good to have a low key Labor Day this year so that we are refreshed and ready to go for the fall.”

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