August 31, 2014

Annual Labor Day Parade, Aug. 31, 2014

The 22nd Annual Labor Day Parade, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto House Natonal Landmark, the Borough of Haledon and the City of Paterson, took place on Sunday, August 31st, 2014.  Step-off happened at 1:30 PM at the Botto House in Haledon.  The parade finished at the  Great Falls Historic District in the City of Paterson.

On August 31st, the Museum was open to visitors, the Museum Store was open to the public before the parade step-off, and the exhibit Border Angels by Sara Gurling and Pamela Calore opened and remains on display through December 31, 2014.

This year's labor Day Parade was lead by Grand Marshals Peter Busacca, President of the Hudson County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Mike Schneider, President of the Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Peter Busacca is a member of Local 59, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), AFL-CIO.  He currently works to recruit high school juniors and seniors from across the state of New Jersey to become Apprentice Stage Technicians.  Mike Schneider is a member of Local 32, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AWIU), AFL-CIO.  Both Busacca and Schneider are lifelong unionists who lead Labor Councils which represent a total of over 100,00 New Jersey union members and their families.

Community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested joined this historic march by contact ing the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or by emailing labormuseum@aol.com.  A Commemorative Journal recorded the names of participants and all those who made donations to defray the cost of the parade.  Parade sponsors donated $100 can have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug.  Contributions of $200 enabled a donor to have a liting on the labor Day Parade T-shirt.

It was on June 28, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland, a native of Caldwell, New Jersey, signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday.  In that same year, on Monday, September 3, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.