DETROIT (WXYZ) - Who doesn't love a good parade?
For a lot of people that's what Labor Day is all about; parades, cookouts or just a free day to do whatever you want. But many of the people enjoying Detroit's annual Labor Day parade say now more than ever we all need to remember what Labor Day is really about.
"We got here sometime about 6 o'clock... probably about 6:20." Joan Daniels says she wouldn't dream of missing Detroit's Labor Day parade. It's something of a family tradition.
“My brother is an iron worker. He's out there directing traffic," Daniels continued.
To Daniels and many in her family, Labor Day is about so much more than a day off.
"It was a fight for all the rights of people; vacation time, healthcare, all sorts of issues that people
today don't even comprehend."
Mrs. Daniels says it's about the rights of workers and issues that seem to take on even greater importance these days, especially in Detroit. She’s not alone in her thinking.
“There is a lot of labor unrest going on. We have a bankruptcy, we don't have a democratically elected government. We're worried about the future of our retirees, we're worried about the future of our workers.”
Many of those workers belong to unions represented in Monday's parade; unions that may see their numbers diminish in the years to come.
“Unions build strong families and they're needed and I hope Michigan doesn't lose sight of that.”
Democratic State Representative Phil Cavanagh says voters in Michigan need to be more vocal at the polls in future elections if there is any hope of reversing the newly enacted Right to Work law and other trends that he believes put workers at a disadvantage.
If the numbers at the polls look anything like they did at the Labor Day parade, a change may indeed be coming.
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