Labor Day 2011: Celebrating OC Working Families

SANTA ANA — On Saturday, hundreds of union members and their families gathered at the Santa Ana Zoo to celebrate Labor Day.

Wheelbarrow Race at 2011 OCLF Labor Day Celebration

Representing more than 90 local unions, the Orange County Labor Federation hosted their annual event to honor working men and women. Open and free to the public, the celebration began at 10:00 AM with food, cotton candy, snow cones and fun filled carnival games for the entire family.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones kicks off wheelbarrow race at OCLF Labor Day Celebration, Photo: Chris Prevatt

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones was on hand to officiate a fun wheelbarrow race. And State Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Jose Solorio were also on hand to visit with their constituents at the event.

Lou Correa

Senator Lou Correa speaks to constituents at Labor Day Celeberation, Photo: Chris Prevatt

Jose Solorio

Assemblyman Jose Solorio at 2011 OCLF Labor Day Celebration, Photo: Chris Prevatt

69th Asssembly district candidate Julio Perez had a booth at the celebration along with the Orange County Young Democrats and other community groups.

Julio Perez

Julio Perez at 2011 OCLF Labor Day Celebration, Photo: Chris Prevatt

On such and important weekend for labor, this year’s celebration comes at a time when workers are fighting to preserve an important American value that labor fought for — the right to organize and collectively bargain. The sentiment of the attendee’s towards the creation of good sustainable jobs and the end to attacks on workers, resonates with workers across the country.

From Wisconsin, to Orange County, workers are being attacked. “W continue to be a voice for all working people,” said Tefere Gebre, Executive Director of the Orange Count Labor Federation. “These attacks on workers won’t stop the Orange County Labor Movement. We’ll continue to fight with our affiliated unions to maintain the middle class.”