Labor Day Events around Iowa


This Labor Day, labor organizations across Iowa will be holding events to recognize the working women and men in Iowa. Along with the traditional Labor Day activities. these events will highlight workers who are fighting to raise wages for working families.


Burlington: Des Moines/Henry County Labor Council – Labor Day Picnic 4 – 7 PM/  40 & 8 Park. Single $5, family $10. Tickets include: Meal, Door Prizes, Kids Games and Bounce House. 319-753-1647 .

Cedar Rapids: Hawkeye Downs 4400  6th St SW. 11:30 to 1:30 PM Food Served. Door Prizes. Entertainment to 4 PM. 319-396-8461.

Clinton:  – Clinton Labor Congress will be having our annual picnic on Sunday August 31st   Noon until 3pm  Eagle Point Park lodge in Clinton.   Free food  Free beverages   Kids games   Door prizes and raffles      Local, State and Federal candidates are invited. 309-788-4569.

Des Moines: Parade line up 8 am at Iowa State Capitol.  Parade will run from the Iowa State Capitol to the State Fairgrounds east on Grand Ave. Post parade, gathering at the Labor Park 4640 NW Morningstar Drive. 515-265-1862. Grills, charcoal and water provided at park, live music from Local #75 musicians.  515=265-1862

Dubuque: Parade starting at 9:30 am in Downtown Dubuque. 563-599-7725,

Iowa City: Iowa City Fed Picnic. Upper City Park. Shelter 2. Noon to 5. 310361-3212.

Keokuk: Lee County Labor Council – 301 Blondeau St., Keokuk, IA. Parade 11 AM, Music and Kids activities in the afternoon. Food at Noon.  319-524-9861  or

Lucas: John L Lewis Labor Festival. Saturday, August 30, 2014. Lucas Iowa. Parade 11 am. Breakfast 6 – 10 am. Events all day. 641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544

Mason City – North Iowa Nine: North Iowa Nine Labor Council, AFL-CIO Picnic – FREE
Georgia Hanford Park Mason City, IA 50401 11am to 3pm on Sept 1st. Barbara Oelberg 641-430-3697

Quad Cities: Parade in East Moline, IL. Parade starts at 11AM. 31st anniversary. East Moline along 15th Avenue.  309-738-6536  or  309-788-1303

Sioux City – Northwest Iowa Labor Council – Labor Day Activities. Noon Riverside Park. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, pop, ice tea. Games for Children. Speakers – Bruce Braley at 1 PM Jim Mowrer, Chris Hall, Monica Vernon, Dave Dawson and Jim France.  712-276-0473.

Waterloo: Blackhawk Union Council –September 1st at Gateway Park Cedar Falls, IA “Stronger Together” Labor Day Picnic Starts at 11:00AM and runs till 3:00PM.Union Brothers and Sisters please join us in a day of celebration of solidarity with food and fun and fellowship. For more information contact John Padget at

“Today, we are celebrating the power of working people who built this country and make it run every day. Labor Day was created to honor them, but words alone don’t put food on the table and gas in the tank. In Iowa and across the country, millions of working families cannot support themselves with stagnant wages and disappearing benefits in this tough economy. It’s time to end the corporate and political attacks on working people and create good public policy that will raise wages and restore our faith in the American Dream,” said Ken Sagar, President Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO


The Iowa AFL-CIO, along with the broader labor movement, launched a national Raising Wages campaign this year. United under the banner of Raising Wages, working people throughout the country are advocating for good public policies like an increased minimum wage, universal earned sick days and workplace fairness and collective action to create an economy of shared prosperity.

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