UMG members invited to march Monday in Labor Day parades

United Media Guild members have an opportunity to march in Labor Day parades in St. Louis, Springfield, Ill., Peoria and Rockford.

In St. Louis, UMG members will march with their colleagues in our parent union, the Communication Workers of America. The CWA is gathering at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the corner of Olive and 23rd in downtown St. Louis. The parade, which begins at 9 a.m., moves east on Olive to Tucker, then south to Market, then west on Market.

The first 200 CWA marchers will receiver free T-shirts. The Greater St. Louis CWA City Council will provide hot dogs and refreshments after the parade. This year’s theme is “Unions Built This City!”

In Springfield, the parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown. The parade proceeds from Jefferson to Fifth, Fifth to Capitol, Capitol to Sixth, and Sixth to Washington.

Our Springfield unit will serve as Grand Marshal of that parade — another sign of its tremendous activism in the community.

In Peoria, the parade will start at 10 a.m. in front of the fire station on Monroe and end at the Peoria Courthouse. Following the parade there will be a Labor Day Picnic at Riverfront Festival Park. This year’s theme is “50 Years — United as One!”

The Rockford parade begins at 10 a.m. from Seventh and Railroad. The parade will proceed north on Seventh to E. State, west on State to Wyman and south on Wyman before ending at the Cedar Street entrance to Davis Park. This year’s theme is “Standing United to Secure our Future.”