Hundreds turned out for the last hurrah for summer and America's labor force at the annual Labor Day free picnic sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council (KPCLC).
The annual event climaxed a summer of sunny skies at the Main Street Loop Park in Kenai. "We have a lot of different holidays to celebrate different things, but the purpose of this day is to celebrate the working men and women that are out there doing things for everybody and they need to be recognized," said Blake Johnson, President of the KPCLC. Volunteers from different labor organizations and members of the Kenai Peninsula Moose Lodge labored over the holiday weekend to make the community picnic possible.
Union member Alan Bute hands out burgers and hotdogs to a hungry Labor Day crowd in Kenai.
According to Johnson the future is bright for young people looking to have a future in the labor force. "There's great opportunities in the construction fields where I come out of, it's a matter of finding young people that their parents will let them become a construction worker and have a career in the trades. There are good opportunities and apprenticeship programs with retirement plans, medical benefits, it's a great way to get into the trades, and it's a great living, young people only have to call the labor unions and ask about the apprenticeship programs," said Johnson. The Labor Day crowd enjoyed live music by the Tone Brothers, raffles, games and several guest speakers who addressed current labor issues.
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