Labor Day http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-labor-day-parade-focuses-upmc-governors-race <p>Thousands of marchers took to the streets for the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh Monday. This year an estimated 85,000 participants in 191 groups were expected to down Grant Street and onto Boulevard of the Allies.</p><p>Local politicians and community leaders participated in the parade, including U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, and Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Diocese.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:39:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 15851 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race The Business of Labor Day http://wesa.fm/post/business-labor-day <p>More than 34 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more this Labor Day weekend. This brings big profit opportunities for&nbsp; businesses throughout the country.</p><p>Since its <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm">inception </a>in 1882, the holiday has been marked by icons like Rosie the Riveter, barbecues and family gatherings.</p><p>Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, says Labor Day weekend travelers <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/What-to-Expect-from-2013-Labor-Day-Sales/819693.html">will spend</a> an estimated $800 on dining, shopping and gifts. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:00:56 +0000 Katie Blackley 15536 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Labor Day Monday's Labor Day Celebrations to Highlight Transportation Funding, Fair Wages http://wesa.fm/post/mondays-labor-day-celebrations-highlight-transportation-funding-fair-wages <p>Pittsburgh’s annual Labor Day parade is considered the second largest in the U.S., behind New York City.</p><p>Thousands of union members and officials will converge on downtown Monday morning to celebrate the history of the labor movement, American workers and to call attention to specific issues.</p><p>“We’ll be discussing a number of issues, one of them is transportation funding, another one is the right to organize as it relates to UPMC, and most of the issues that labor feels are important,” said Jim Kunz, business manager of Operating Engineers Local 66.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15744 at http://wesa.fm