Pittsburgh’s streets on Monday filled with workers — among them were teachers, ironworkers, baristas, janitors, museum workers, carpenters, steamfitters and journalists. They chanted, “Get up, get down, Pittsburgh is a union town” and celebrated the strength of organized labor during the city’s annual Labor Day parade.
The workers were joined by a number of local, state and national political leaders who voiced their support for labor’s cause.
Striking members of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and other Pittsburgh Post-Gazette unions completed the parade route at noon and were greeted at the review stand with applause and cheers.
“I heard that the newspaper was upset because my office won’t speak to them until they settle the strike,” Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said during an address to SEIU members shortly before the parade began. “I don’t know millionaires and billionaires. I know working-class families. At the end of the day, you can report what you want about me, but the reality is my work is my work, and it speaks for itself.”
Gainey said he will continue to work for “a future for unions, for working-class families, and the ability to love who you want to love.”
“This will never be a ‘right to work’ state as long as I am your governor,” Gov. Josh Shapiro said to gathered union members.