Labor Day Celebrations


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Labor Day Celebrations

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Sep 2, 2013

 FOND DU LAC, Wis.- Labor Day celebrations are taking place in Fond du Lac today.  Hundreds of people gathered at Lakeside Park for the annual Labor Day picnic.  Many say it's a time to recognize the hard working men and women and what they do for our country, but not everyone was celebrating, some people were trying to educate instead.

Burgers fly off the grill as hundreds of people come out to celebrate Labor Day.

"We walk down the parade route and we hear people saying thank you for your service," said V.F.W. Post Commander, Gordy Schultz.

Thanking veterans and all workers is what today's celebrations are about.

"They in many ways are kind of the forgotten heroes of the United States because they are the people who make sure things happen," said former attorney general and labor lawyer, Peg Lautenschlager.

Some workers came out for a different reason though.

"It's important to have support of other teachers," said Erika Lloyd.  Lloyd is a learning resource center technician at Moraine Park Technical College.  She lost her teacher's union when Act 10 passed. 

Act 10 was passed by governor Scott Walker and it made it very difficult for public employees to continue their union memberships because of pay decreases, according to Lautenschlager.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that just last year a little more than eleven percent of workers were unionized, that's half the number from 30 years ago.

"What one fogets is they create a balance and a certainty in the workplace," said Lautenschlager.

It's a balance Lloyd says she hopes to see again soon at her job.

Although many have lost their unions following Act 10, former attorney general Peg Lautenschlager says they're slowly coming back as people realize their importance.