In addition to being part of a holiday weekend that unofficially marks the end of summer, Labor Day is a day on which we remember and honor the contributions of workers everywhere. With the COVID-19 pandemic kiboshing any festivities in 2020, the holiday was back in full force for 2021.
Local 11 was ready to celebrate, to advocate and to lend a hand. Over the three-day weekend of September 4 through 6, Local 11 members, staff and officers turned out at three events.
On Saturday, members donned their tropical shirts and busted out their best hula moves for the inaugural RENEW Labor Day Luau, held at the South Bay Hall in Torrance. Organized by the Local 11 branch of the Reach Out and Engage Next-Gen Electrical Workers (RENEW), the afternoon featured games, food, raffles and some amazing Polynesian dancers.
On Sunday, Local 11 tuned out for a rally at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (LA Fed), at a rally in support of Governor Gavin Newsom, a long-time friend to labor who attended the rally and thanked the labor community for their work in helping him to keep his job. (See photos on page 12.)
And on Labor Day Monday, Local 11 brought its man- and womanpower (as well as its famous grill) to Banning Park in Wilmington to take part in the annual Labor of Love barbecue and food distribution event. Joining up with partners that included State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, LA County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, and the LA Fed, Local 11 helped distribute food to needy families.