Idaho has a rich labor union history
- the first gathering of the Idaho Federation of the Labor was photographed in front of the Idaho Capitol in 1918 - and for nearly three decades, the Boise Central Trades and Labor Counci
l has hosted its annual Labor Day picnic in Municipal Park,
recently renamed for local Olympic legend Kristin Armstrong.
"It's interesting to note that our Labor Day picnic is being allowed to continue in the park. Parks and Recreation no longer permits too many large public events there; but our tradition will go on," said Leland Heinbach, president of Boise CT and LC. "And during this year's picnic we'll have a pretty big announcement."
Heinbach said local labor leaders have long-planned a worker's memorial; and after a number of discussions with City of Boise officials, they've chosen a site in the same park where they've celebrated Idaho's workforce for decades.
"We'll share some details on Labor Day. We're still working on designs, but we're looking a site right near the Boise Greenbelt," said Heinbach. "We've got it all picked out and we'll be sharing that on Monday."
The "My Union, My Vote" Labor Day Picnic
is open to the public from Noon through 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3. A suggested donation is $5 or five non-perishable food items in order to replenish the Boise CT and LC food bank.
"I can't tell you how many times that food bank has served as a critical resource for so many local families when the economy takes a turn," said Heinbach.
Organizers said the Labor Day celebration "is a time for working people to honor the victories of those who came before us, while also preparing for the important fights ahead."