- Labour Day 2013
This year’s Labour Day celebration was another great event for our local. Over 200 members and their families enjoyed food, fun, and solidarity with many of our areas neighboring unions. In addition to the march around the Hamilton core, many of our members returned to Dundurn Park to bask in the fellowship that is our membership and to engage in a meet and greet with hundreds of other locals members and their families.
Members met at Midas Muffler as we do every year to receive their USW Local 7135 t-shirts and to engage in conversation as we waited for the parade to begin.
The day was wetter than usual as we were pelted with rain for most of the duration of the parade but that did nothing to dampen our spirits as we just marched on even harder. For this year’s parade we were lucky enough to procure a float for our injured workers, retirees, and children so they could be a part of the parade without the worry of walking too far or getting too tired before the picnic. The kids had so much fun blowing bubbles (that were distributed to them) and waving to all the people standing on the sidewalks cheering us on. We also had the pleasure of a 1915 model T Ford that was arranged through Dave, a friend of our very own Brother Steve Gateley. As the parade wrapped up the sun came out and gave us a beautiful day as we made our way to Dundurn Park for the BBQ.
This year’s theme was the Circus, and it was just that, a circus! We had two wacky flailing inflatable arm men and the amazing Mr. Fantastic did magic for our children and our members who were delighted by his unique brand of entertainment. We also had a cotton candy machine and temporary tattoos for all. Back by popular demand we had Chuggy Choo Choo make an appearance again making children very happy for hours while they jumped and jumped and jumped to their hearts content all over our inflated locomotive friend. The food was great, prepared by Joe Paquette, Ross Sirullo, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Scwarts. Great work…everybody lived! To eat we had hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, chevapi, chili, and corn on the cob, and to drink there was a selection of pop and water. For the children and apparently the young at heart we had Hackey sacs, stop watches, Frisbies, and insect collecting kits to play with.
A big thanks goes out to this year’s organizing committee: Bob Pelltier, Mike Landry, Joe Paquette, Frank Crowder, Ross Sarullo, and John Podrebarac. Also big thanks to Ron Crawford and Carmine Tucci who did a fantastic job handing out the shirts; Steve Black for towing the float, and D.J Dan Delville who played the soundtrack of our day with his top notch D.J. skills. Additional thanks goes out to all the members, friends, and family who came out to help and march that day.