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Labor Day 2018

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Los Angeles, CA | Local 47

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Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) members joined with fellow union members for the annual Labor Day Parade and picnic organized by Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition.
Photo: Clifford Tasner
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Detroit, MI | Local 5

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In Detroit, Local 5 (Detroit, MI) musicians marched alongside thousands of their union brothers and sisters.
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New Orleans, LA | Local 174-496

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Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO President Robert “Tiger” Hammond (left) announces the Treme Brass Band, while AFM Local 174-496 Board Member John Bassich stands by the stage.
Photo: Cindy Mayes
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Members of Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO unions enjoy the Treme Brass Band, members of Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA).
Photo: Cindy Mayes

Hamilton, ON | Local 293

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Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) members (L to R) Paul Panchezak, John Morris, and Kyle Pacy march in the Hamilton Labor Day Parade.
Photo: Brent Malseed
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Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) musicians pose for a photo at the Hamilton Labor Day picnic.
Photo: Brent Malseed

Nashville, TN | Local 257

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Local 257 (Nashville, TN) Secretary-Treasurer Vince Santoro, Nashville Symphony Steward Laura Ross, and accompanist Barbara Santoro at the Central Labor Council Labor Day Parade, September 1 in Nashville.

New York, NY | Local 802

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Local 802 (New York City) member musicians pose for a photo following the New York City Labor Day Parade.
Photo: Todd Weeks
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In New York City, Local 802 members marched and rode a float in the city’s annual parade.
Photo: Rochelle Skolnick

Washington, DC | Local 161-710

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Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) members Clarence Mitchell, Jan Duga, Dennis Ferry, Zenas Kim-Banthe, and Doug Rosenthal march with sheet metal workers in the Greenbelt, Maryland, Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 3.
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Local 161-710 members Mark Hughes, Fred Marcellus, Dennis Ferry, Doug Rosenthal, and Jan Duga with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (center) at the Northern Virginia Labor Day Picnic, Sunday, September 2.






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