Labor Day BBQ showcases meaning behind holiday

Posted at 3:53 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-03 17:53:06-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula Area Central Labor Council held a BBQ at Bonner Park Labor Day afternoon to have fun and show people why we get this day off in September.

The Missoula Area Central Labor Council is an umbrella organization that includes most of the unions in Western Montana. They host an annual Labor Day BBQ to promote union efforts and also show support for candidates that they endorse in upcoming elections.

Food, games, music and even free beer was available to the public.

The Labor Council offers all of these things free to the public just for the opportunity to teach people a little bit about Labor Day.

"I think events like this give parents the opportunity to have those conversations and we will have some posters up. Some of them have kids that are working," Missoula Area Central Labor Council Sitting President Ben Dawson said. "Children didn’t always have the luxury of even getting an education, let alone forgoing an education just to work to support the family. I think that it’s important that we have those conversations with our kids and if our event can be used as a staging ground to have them, I think, that’s great."

If that free beer comment piqued your interest, the old saying goes that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. All you had to do was register to vote and talk to one of the political candidates that attended the event. That earned you a “labor buck” that could go towards a beer.