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More than 100 come out for Springfield Labor Day Parade

Springfield Labor Day Parade kicks off at 10 a.m.

Hundreds came out for Springfield’s annual Labor Day parade.

The parade made its way throughout down town.

This year's grand marshal was UIS's union that represents their faculty members.

Parade goers shared why unions are so important to all workers.

"Because unions make middle class, they protect women's rights to be able to pay an equal pay as a man," Michelle Pawlak, IBEW 193, said. "I've got OSHA to make sure I'm safe working out in the fields, and that I get a decent pay, and that I get a pension when I’m done working 60, 70, years of my life."

The parade ran from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.

The celebration is sponsored by the Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council.

Their message is to promote fair labor practices for all workers.

UIS United faculty, the union representing faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield, led the parade as its Grand Marshal.


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