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Video: Labor Day Parade

Hundreds of UFT members took to the streets for the city’s annual Labor Day parade on Sept. 12. Braving the elements they marched up Fifth avenue wearing T-shirts commemorating the union’s upcoming 50th anniversary.


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  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Sep 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Everybody loves a parade! And Saturday, September 12, 2009 was New York’s turn to shine in its annual Labor Day Parade. Since September 5, 1882, the Labor Day Parade has been an opportunity for New York workers to march in solidarity and demonstrate to everyone the “strength and esprit de corps of trade and labor organizations.”

    September 12, 2009 was an extraordinary Labor Day Parade for the UFT. It was an opportunity for the United Federation of Teachers to celebrate its 50th Anniversary as a union of professionals.

    To mark this event, UFTers were there en masse; New York Senator Charles Shumer was present to greet the members along the parade route; the All City Band of fine student musicians played as the UFTers marched; Cardinal Timothy Dolan acknowledged the marchers as they moved past St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    There was rain on that day. However, one could tell by the enthusiasm of the cheering crowds that Labor was alive and well in New York City. Adelante
    Phyllis C. Murray,
    UFT Chapter Leader
    District 8