DETROIT — Thousands of labor union supporters have marched through the streets of downtown Detroit to mark the holiday that honors the nation’s working people
National Teamsters union President James Hoffa was among those participating in Monday’s parade and rally.
The theme for the 2013 Labor Day parade is “The Dream Continues: Jobs, Justice, and Peace.” Organizers say the theme honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and emphasizes the link between civil rights and economic justice.
The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/15Qgzlr ) reports that United Auto Workers Local 889 President Tom Brenner says the parade is needed this year “more than ever.”
This is the first Labor Day since the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder approved so-called “right-to-work” legislation that bars unions from collecting mandatory fees from employees they represent.