Not everyone is going to the last day of the 2014 State Fair just because of dollar offerings. Syracuse and Central New York workers make the annual trek to the fair to join in strong numbers to show the pride they feel about their jobs, serving their communities and the respective union that backs them with worker's rights and protections. They started off with the usual parade procession from the Indian Village to Chevy Court. CSEA members chanted, "We are the union... the mighty, mighty union," as they held signs.
Listen to marchers chant during the Labor Day Parade.
Dozens of people packed into a Syracuse union hall Monday morning with the less fortunate on their minds. This year's Martin Luther King Junior holiday marks the 14th annual day of service food and clothing drive. Volunteers sorted donations, packed boxes, and loaded cars. Helen Hudson is the AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison with the United Way, which organize the drive.
One of the fraternities on hand was Omega Psi Phi. This is Brother Leroy Antoine's second year.
Volunteers like Antoine used their day off school or work to contribute to the cause.
The Grand Marshall of this year’s Labor Day Parade at the State Fair was led by a current military member. Senior Master SGT. Toby Shelly’s 29 year career in the military has taken him on a rewarding journey. He’s now a Superintendent with craftsmen for an Engineering Unit with the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field.