Much work to be done in local labor scene, AFL-CIO rep says
Champaign County's annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade will step off Monday morning.
Parade spokesman Eric Westlund said the parade is a great way to recognize people in all areas of employment. But he added that in Champaign County, one in four people is living below the poverty line. So finding good jobs with good wages is just one of several labor concerns he sees.
Westlund also said that even with those concerns, the Labor Day Parade is a great representation of solidarity and celebrating the working class.
The parade starts Monday at 10 a.m. in Urbana. It takes off from Illinois Street and Broadway Avenue, heads south on Broadway Avenue to Washington Street, then east on Washington Street to the Brookens Administrative Center.
Meanwhile, Labor Day parades in Danville and Decatur start at 10 a.m., and the parade in Westville starts at 11:30 a.m.