“This is just appreciation for everything the laborers do – all organized laborers,” said Todd Stehl, business manager for Laborers Local 393. “We just do it through our hall as a thanks to all of our members.”
The picnic was set to include a clown and face-painting for the children, and an inflatable bounce house was available for their entertainment. Stehl said treat bags were to be distributed to the children as well.
The adults enjoyed a bean bag tournament and the chance to catch up with old friends.
“It’s just a good time,” Stehl said. “A lot of these people you don’t get to see very often, so this is a good day.”
Laborers Local 393 member David Pierce of Ottawa said the picnic is a fun day and a “celebration of hard work.”
Members work in various trades, including carpentry, road work, brick work, finishing concrete and general construction. They also do volunteer work for the communities they serve. But this weekend was a time to relax, and union member Chas Raikes of Marseilles was taking advantage of it.
“We enjoy Labor Day,” Raikes said. “It’s the best holiday of the year, if you ask me.”
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