JULY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
Labor Day Festival planned for Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, June 30th- The Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (GWBLC) labor federation, Route 315 Pittston, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), are planning a Northeastern Pennsylvania Labor Day Festival and Celebration for 2013.
The event is scheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd for downtown Wilkes-Barre Public Square and nearby Kirby Park.
The Labor Day Festival will benefit the Keystone Wounded Warrior Project and the unionized Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital.
Wayne Namey, a delegate to the GWBLC for his union, the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776, works as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Liquor Stores in Luzerne County, and helped organized the committee for the labor federation to discuss and co-ordinate the event.
Activities for the event will begin at 7:30 am at Kirby Park with a home-run hitting contest. Children will be able to participate for a $3 donation and adults will be able to participate for $5.
The Keystone Wounded Warrior Project is affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization which aims to bring awareness to get the public involved for the needs of injured military service members.
Mr. Namey has been involved in other causes such as working to have the United States Postal Service (USPS) issue a mailing stamp honoring the contributions of coal miners.
The event will include lots of food, refreshments, entertainment and a silent auction.
Also, in other activities planned for the day, the Eckley and Patchtown Players will hold costumed plays about the region’s labor history and the contributions the labor community has made to the success of the nation.
Mr. Namey stated a special celebration recognizing the past and current labor heritage and the showcasing of local Northeastern Pennsylvania industries, products and employers, will be conducted.
Edward Harry, President of the GWBLC, is hopeful the labor community from throughout the region will plan to attend the event.
Planning for the festival is continuing with meetings being held at the UFCW Local 1776 building in Pittston.
Mr. Namey can be contacted at (570)466-3385.