NYC LABOR DAY PARADE 2015

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NYC Union Labor Day Parade 2015

If the thought ever crossed your mind that Unions are on the decline,  you may find yourself thinking the opposite when you see thousands and thousands of Union-members marching in solidarity up Fifth Avenue at the Annual New York City Labor Day Parade (organized by the NYC Central Labor Council, & takes place the first Saturday AFTER Labor Day Weekend).   The parade kicks-off at 10am, starting at 44th Street marches up Fifth Avenue and continues till 4pm, ending at 68th Street.

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There is also a Labor Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral the morning of the parade, at 8:30am.  The pews were full with more than 500 union members and leaders.

 

Union members from a variety of industries were represented at the parade… including the following:

NYC CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO; OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARDN.Y.S. AFL-CIO; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR;  PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE (APRI); ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LABOR ALLIANCE (APALA); PRIDE AT WORK (PAW);  COALITION of BLACK TRADE UNIONISTS (CBTU); COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN (CLUW); LABOR COUNCIL FOR LATIN AMERICAN ADVANCEMENT (LCLAA); NEW YORK CITY ALLIANCE OF RETIRED AMERICANS (NYCARA); GREATER NY LABOR; RELIGION COALITION; NY BRANCH NAACP; JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE; IRISH AMERICAN LABOR COALITION; ITALIAN AMERICAN LABOR COUNCIL; NEW YORK COMMITTEE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH (NYCOSH); HARRY VAN ARSDALE JR. CENTER FOR LABOR STUDIES; EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE/SUNY; CORNELL WORKER INSTITUTE; CUNY MURPHY INSTITUE; LABOR CHORUS; AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM); LOCAL 802; ASSOCIATED ACTORS & ARTISTS OF AMERICA AND LOCAL UNIONS; ACTORS’ EQUITY; SAG; AFTRA; AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS (AGMA); WRITER’S GUILD OF AMERICA EAST (WGAE); INT’L ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES (IATSE) & LOCAL UNIONS;  N.Y. COUNCIL OF MOTION PICTURE & T.V. UNIONS; SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU); SEIU LOCAL 1199; SEIU LOCAL 32BJ; WORKERS UNITED; SEIU LOCAL UNIONS;  TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 16 (IBT);  IBT LOCAL UNIONS GCIU/IBT LOCAL UNIONS; AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 37 & LOCAL UNIONS; AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 1707 & LOCAL UNIONS; PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (PEF) CSEA/AFSCME; UNIFORMED FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION LOCAL 94 (UFA); UNIFORMED FIRE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION LOCAL 854 (UFOA); AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION (APWU); NY METRO AREA POSTAL WORKERS UNION;  POSTAL WORKERS BROOKLYN LOCAL; POSTAL WORKERS STATEN ISLAND LOCAL;  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS (NALC); NALC BRANCH 294 FLUSHING; NALC BRANCH 41 BROOKLYN; COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA (CWA); CWA LOCAL UNIONS; NABET/CWA; IUE/CWA; CWA/NEWSPAPER GUILD OF NEW YORK; CWA/N.Y. TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION LOCAL 6; TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION OF AMERICA (TWU); TWU LOCALS; AMALGAMATED; TRANSIT UNION (ATU) & LOCAL UNIONS; UTILITY WORKERS’ UNION OF AMERICA, (UWUA) LOCAL 1-2;  OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (OPEIU) & LOCAL UNIONS; N.Y. HOTEL & MOTEL TRADES COUNCIL (HTC); UNITE HERE! LOCAL UNIONS; UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS (UFT) & AFT LOCALS; COUNCIL OF SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS (CSA) & AFSA LOCALS; NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS (NYSUT) & LOCALS; PROFESSIONAL STAFF CONGRESS (PSC); ORGANIZATION OF STAFF ANALYSTS (OSA); CIVIL SERVICE MERIT COUNCIL; NEW YORK TAXI WORKERS ALLIANCE; NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION; AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION; UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS (UFCW);  RETAIL, WHOLESALE & DEPARTMENT STORE UNION (RWDSU);  UFCW/RWDSU LOCAL UNIONS; UNITED AUTO WORKERS (UAW); UAW LOCAL UNIONS; INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS (IAMAW); BCTGM & LOCAL UNIONS; BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL (BCTC); BCTC OFFICERS & STAFF; HELMETS TO HARDHATS; THE EDWARD J. MALLOY INITIATIVE FOR CONSTRUCTION SKILLS; NON-TRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN; PLUMBERS LOCAL #1; STEAMFITTERS LOCAL #638; SHEETMETAL WORKERS; LOCALS #1, 2, 28, 38 & 137; HEAT & FROST INSULATORS LOCALS #12 & 12A; BOILERMAKERS LOCAL LODGE #5; MASON TENDERS DISTRICT COUNCIL: LOCALS # 66, 78, 79, 108, 279 & 1261; BLASTERS, DRILL RUNNERS AND MINERS; LIUNA LOCAL 29; LABORERS’ LOCAL #731, 147 & NPMHU LOCAL 300; CEMENT & CONCRETE WORKERS’ DC 16, LOCALS #6A, 18A & 20; PAVERS AND ROAD BUILDERS DISTRICT COUNCIL, LOCAL #1010; CEMENT MASONS LOCAL #780; PLASTERERS’ LOCAL #262; NYC COALITION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS (IUOE) LOCALS #14, 15, 30, 94, 211, 295 & 891; NYC DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS (UBC) LOCALS #20, 45, 157, 740, 926, 1556, 2287, 2790; TILE, MARBLE AND TERRAZZO LOCAL #7; ROOFERS AND WATERPROOFERS LOCAL #8;  IRONWORKERS DC & LOCALS #40; 46, 197, 361, 455, 580, 417 & 42; ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTORS LOCAL #1; INT’L UNION OF PAINTERS & ALLIED TRADES (IUPAT) DC 9 & LOCALS; WINDOW CLEANERS’ LOCAL #2; BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS LOCAL #1; INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW); IBEW LOCAL 3, IBEW LOCAL UNIONS, ALLIED PRINTING TRADES COUNCIL, INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN ASSOCIATION (ILA), SEAFARERS’ INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA (SIUNA), MEBA, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (AFGE), AFGE LOCAL UNIONS.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS FROM THE PARADE.  #WeAreNYC  #LDP2015

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed a day be set aside to celeb1882_LaborDayParaderate labor on the first Monday in September.  “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City in 1882.

 

SaratIATSE Local 524oga Flag (a Member of IATSE Local 524) takes great pride in manufacturing numerous banners and flags for this parade and other Union-Labor events.

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Vintage-style Collegiate Felt Banners, Made in USA!

Saratoga Flag sources the highest quality wool felt fabric in order to build custom-crafted, vintage-style banners for Sports Teams, Fraternities, Universities, Trade Unions, Retail Store Displays, The Film/ Entertainment Industry and more…. MADE IN USA! 

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Inspiration for the Saratoga Springs Centennial Logo

The Centennial Committee for the City of Saratoga Springs collectively designed the logo for the 100th Anniversary Celebration to commemorate the City of Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Centennial Logo is primarily comprised of a silhouette of the “Spirit of Life” bronze statue located in the Spencer Trask Memorial found in Congress Park, in the City of Saratoga Springs.  In many ways, the winged female figure (“Spirit of Life” statue) embodies the health and history of our community which draws residents and visitors to the park.

In 1913, Katrina Trask and George Foster Peabody commissioned a memorial in honor of Spencer Trask’s work in preserving and protecting the healing waters of Saratoga Springs.   Mr. Trask (1844-1909) was an American financier, philanthropist, and venture capitalist who spent  summers at his 400 acre estate “Yaddo” (now an artists’ community since 1926) in Saratoga Springs.

Artist Daniel Chester French, along with architect Henry Bacon, creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the monument for placement in Congress Park, featuring the triumphant winged figure known as the “Spirit of Life.”  The statue is a figure of a winged woman, hands poised high above her head. The figure represents Hygieia, the giver of health, who usually appeared in Greek and Roman art accompanying her father, Asklepios, the god of medicine.  She is often shown offering nourishment to a serpent entwined on the staff Asklepios carries.  In French’s conception, Hygieia holds a shallow bowl aloft and in the other hand clasps a pine bough, a reference to the towering pines on the grounds of Trask’s estate (“Yaddo”).  The goddess is poised lightly on a rock, and a stream of water pours from its cleft.  The pedestal is a sculptured reproduction of the tufaceous deposits seen about the orifice of many of Saratoga’s famous mineral springs.

The Memorial was first dedicated in 1915, the same year the City of Saratoga Springs was incorporated.  The dedication to Spencer Trask reads: To the Memory of Spencer Trask, His One Object in Life was to do Right, and to Serve His Fellow Men, and Gave Himself Abundantly to Hasten the Coming of a New and Better Day.

Today, the Memorial, and more so the sculpture, have become a defining symbol of the City of Saratoga Springs, recognized by residents and visitors alike. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs, recently completed a four-year conservation project to restore the Spencer Trask Memorial and unveiled the renovated statue at the re-dedication ceremony on Friday, June 26, 2015.

For those interested in the story of the woman who modeled for the Spirit Of Life statue, Audrey MunsonFollow this additional link:  http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2015/03/25/audrey-munson-the-model-behind-the-spirit-of-life

If you are interested in purchasing one of the Commemorative Limited Edition Official Saratoga Springs Centennial Flags, exclusively manufactured by Saratoga Flag Company… Click here:    http://www.saratogaflag.com/-City-of-Saratoga-Springs-Official-Centennial-Flag2x4ft_p_1069.html


 

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Celebrate the Saratoga Springs Centennial with the Official Flag

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  “In celebration of the Centennial, we are extremely honored that Saratoga Flag has been selected as the exclusive flag maker to create the 100th Anniversary Flags.”


Show your support for Saratoga Springs, Horse Racing, and the local community…. fly the Official “Saratoga Centennial” flag on your home or business. Makes a great gift for Horse Racing & Saratoga fans as well! MADE IN USA. The Limited Edition Flag is available in a few sizes, while supplies last:

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NEW YORK STATE FLAG… New & Improved for 2015

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Saratoga Flag Company had the proud honor of updating the New York State Seal, in order to manufacture the largest known New York State Flag, to fly in New York State!

DEDICATED ARTISTS:  Our professional artists spent hundreds of hours re-drawing the New York State Seal (Coat of Arms) from scratch, in order to stitch up a Custom 11 FT x 17 FT NYS flag to fly on a 60 FT flagpole in the City of Glens Falls (Upstate New York).  The Life-sized Goddesses, “Liberty & Justice,” stand 6ft tall on the flag.

HISTORIC LOCATION:  Saratoga Flag is located in Gansevoort New York, which holds another special tie to the New York State Flag (originally designed during the Revolutionary War).  The hamlet of Gansevoort (located in Saratoga County, just 20 miles north of the Historic Saratoga Battlefield)  is named for the American Revolutionary War Colonel Peter Gansevoort, who ordered construction of the “Gansevoort Flag”  in 1777.  This flag is believed to be the inspiration for the New York State flag and can be found at the Albany Institute of History & Art.

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ORDER THE NEW NYS FLAG:  The Updated NYS Flag design can be purchased (in a variety of sizes) exclusively at SaratogaFlag.com.  Call for more information (518) 792-1776.

INTERPRETATION OF THE NYS SEAL (courtesy of Wiki-pedia):     According to Joseph Gavit in New York History, Volume XXXI, the seal symbolizes the following:

  • In the center, a shield reveals the sun rising behind Mount Beacon over the Hudson River. “The shield symbolizes in the full sun the name and idea of Old York and the old world; the mountains, river and meadow, with the ships, convey the name and idea of New York in the new world.”
  • To the right, Justice is ready to fight tyranny with her sword held high.
  • Liberty on the left, holds her foot on the overthrown English Crown. “This New York is supported by Justice and Liberty, and discards monarchy.”
  • The world globe is displayed above the shield. “By exhibiting the eastern and western continents on the globe, the old and new are brought together;”
  • Above the world globe soars the eagle. “while the eagle on the crest proclaims,” Westward the course of empire takes its way.”
  • The bottom ribbon exclaims “Excelsior,” which means “still higher” or “ever upward.”

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“Tempered By Memory” A 9/11 Sculpture in Saratoga Springs, NY

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“Tempered by Memory” is a contemporary sculpture by Noah Savett & John Van Alstine, constructed of five large pieces of steel from the World Trade Center. It is one of the only known such projects in the world. A team of dedicated Union ironworkers and crane operators (Local 12 & 106 respectively) assisted the artists in constructing the sculpture, which weighs over ten tons.

“A mission of this piece was to preserve things that really showed how much force and how terrible the event was. … To make something out of it that was uplifting and had a quality of beauty,” said Savett.

This 9/11 sculpture project has been coordinated by Saratoga Arts, in Saratoga Springs, NY and will be gifted to the City of Saratoga Springs. The City has yet to decide on a suitable location for the sculpture, however, Mayor Scott Johnson has pledged his support for ensuring that the sculpture be located within the City of Saratoga Springs, home to many New York City transplants.

Saratoga Arts held a recognition ceremony in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. Attendees were honored to view and interact with the sculpture in the location where it was constructed (in the small hamlet of Gansevoort, Town of Northumberland, Saratoga County), just 10 miles outside of the City of Saratoga Springs.

The artists’ goal to uplift the soul, suggest healing, new visions for the future, and hope of a world where we can embrace our differences was evident on 9/11/11. The sculpture evoked aspirations of the human spirit for all those in attendance at the Remembrance Ceremony.

The Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department was especially humbled by the sculpture, where they had the honor to present the colors at the historic 9/11/11 ceremony. This volunteer crew, part of a dedicated brotherhood, became directly tied to the souls lost on 9/11/01, however, the event was not somber and distressing. Surprisingly, the sculpture appeared to transmit a sense of empowerment to all in attendance, particularly the volunteer firefighters. Each individual had a different experience with the sculpture and took away different messages and emotions, tempered by their own memories, and experiences.

The sculpture has spawned an environment of solidarity and pride in the small hamlet of Gansevoort. A young, 17 year old, firefighter was most profound when he stated “Astonished,” in regard to his initial thoughts upon seeing the sculpture. “Amazed they could turn a total catastrophe into a piece of art.” This statement speaks volumes as we begin to see the future through the eyes of our children who were so young on Sept. 11, 2001. The sculpture is doing its job. This artwork is a catalyst for healing the wounds of the past and gives us hope for a brighter future.

Congratulations to Saratoga Arts and The City of Saratoga Springs for taking on a project of this magnitude.

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Update: On July 24, 2012 the Sculpture was installed at its permanent home… High Rock Park in Downtown Saratoga Springs, New York.  Read more here

The “Tempered by Memory” Sculpture was dedicated on September 11, 2012.  Read about the Dedication Ceremony here.


 

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