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By Kelly Ross

Labor Day weekend is here so let the celebrations begin! If you’re in the Bay Area this Labor Day, there will be plenty of amazing labor-friendly events to take part in. To make your Labor Day planning even easier, Labor 411 has and put together a list of labor-friendly events.

However you may choose to celebrate your Labor Day weekend, remember that Labor Day is dedicated to the plight of workers throughout history and the ongoing fight for equality and justice in the workplace.   San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson is on the front lines helping to lead that fight.

“Labor Day is a time to remember the American workers who fought whole heartedly to secure better, safer working conditions for the men and women of this country,” said Paulson. “The American middle class was built on the successes of the labor movement! As we continue our fight for workers rights, it is pivotal that we shop ethically and support employers that treat their workers fairly.”

And with those words in mind, we hope you will enjoy…

Pre-Labor Day Breakfast - Sept. 2

Join the San Francisco Central Labor Council to celebrate workers and all they have accomplished in the labor movement. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with union workers and labor leaders as you hear about important updates on labor campaigns. What better way to kick off Labor Day weekend?
When: 8 a.m. on Friday, September 2
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Tickets range from $75-$750
For more info, click here.

Labor Day is Neighbor Day at the Zoo- Sept. 3-5

For a fun filled day with the kids, head over to the San Francisco Zoo where the animals and facilities are cared for by UNITE HERE and IBT union members! If you call San Francisco home you’re in luck this Labor Day as the Zoo is offering special pricing to Bay Area neighborhood residents with tickets starting at $10.
Where: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue Parkside
For hours and tickets, click here.

Blue and Gold Fleet- Sept. 3-5

Hop on one of these giant ships - maintained and operated by MM&P union members - for a scenic cruise around the bay.  The Blue and Gold Fleet operates out of the Port of San Francisco which happens to be staffed by ILWU members, making it that much more union-friendly! So go ahead and spend an hour enjoying the majestic views of the City by the Bay as you hear about its rich history, all while doing your part to support good jobs!
Tickets start at $20
Where: Pier 41
For tour departure schedules and tickets, click here.

Take in an Oakland A’s game - Sept. 5

The Giants are out of town, but head across the Bay to the UNITE HERE-staffed Oakland- Alameda Coliseum and watch the Oakland A’s knock one out of the park! The A’s will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels, another California favorite.  The game starts at 1pm so you will have plenty of time to get home and light up that BBQ!
Tickets start at $16
Where: 7000 Coliseum Way Oakland
Check tickets and availability here.

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