Many of you had a three day weekend, thanks to Labor Day. It’s a federal holiday set aside to celebrate workers in our country. Channel 6 talked with Terry Moore about the state of labor in Omaha.
More than 5000 people walked the streets of Omaha Monday. Of those, 3000 people were members of a local union.
“It's a tradition, it celebrates labor and it’s a big celebration. And I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Kevin Wetuski.
President of the Omaha Federation of Labor Terry Moore says the parade and the holiday are all reminders of the current state of labor in Omaha.
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“We find that we are coming out of a slump mainly in the building construction trades. They at one time were anywhere from 15 to 25 percent unemployed,” said Moore.
And he expects a rebound soon.
“In the trades, I look for a tremendous increase 13, 14, 15, 16 they are going to be big building years in this city,” said Moore.
He says the economy is turning around and groups are organizing in the public sector.
“There's going to be a lot of job opportunities in our city in the next few years,” said Moore.
The Labor Day parade has been a tradition in Omaha for more than 100 years. The parade is part of Septemberfest which is about to wrap up Monday at midnight.