Family members march together at Bloomington's Parade.
The Bloomington Labor Day Parade marches from Front Street in downtown Bloomington to Miller Park at 10 a.m. Monday, September 5.
Registration is now open for community organizations who wish to participate. The registration form is attached to this article.
The parade, sponsored by the Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly (AFL-CIO), features local union marching units, heavy construction equipment, Illinois State University’s “Big Red Marching Machine,” local high school bands, community organizations, elected officials and others.
This year’s Parade theme is “Vote Yes: Workers’ Rights Amendment.” The November election will feature a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment enshrining workers’ rights to organize a union and bargain collectively. “If this passes, Illinois will be the nation’s first state to ensure workers’ voices and dignity,” said Trades & Labor President Adam Heenan. “A union means respect and a voice on the job, and a worker who wants to join with colleagues and form a union should be able to self-advocate free of coercion from employers. I’m proud Illinois is leading the nation in this effort.”
The Parade will begin at Front and Lee Streets at 10 a.m., proceeding south on Lee Street to Wood Street, and then west on Wood Street to Miller Park.
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