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Free Labor Day cookouts
REGION -- The Western Maine Labor Council is hosting three barbeque celebrations on Labor Day on Monday.
The events, from 1-3:30 p.m. are all free and open to the public.
They will be held in Rumford: 232 Rt 108 (USW 900 Union Hall); Jay: 16 Intervale Road (USW 14 Union Hall); and Lewiston: 238 Goddard Road (IBEW 567 Union Hall.
"Mainers work hard and deserve a day to celebrate all we have achieved. Labor Day is a day to honor workers for the sacrifice and contribution they make every day to make our country a stronger place," said Don Bilodeau, President of the Western Maine Labor Council.
The Lewiston cook-out has become an annual event drawing hundreds. The Jay location was added last year, and Rumford will host their first Labor Day BBQ this year.
"It's getting harder and harder for Maine families to make ends meet. Productivity by workers is increasing yet wages have been stagnant for years. We have to stick together and fight back to build an economy that works for everyone. Labor Day is about honoring the work we do, as well as building our collective momentum to continue the fight for workers' rights, good paying jobs with benefits, safe work places, and a voice on the job," Bilodeau said.
The Western Maine Labor Council represents more than 5,000 workers in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties.
For more information, call Don Bilodeau, 754-7258.