La Crosse Labor Day Parade canceled due to COVID

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The 130th La Crosse Labor Day Parade has been canceled.

The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO announced the decision Thursday, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It saddens us to make this announcement, but this postponement will not hold us back from continuing to develop solidarity in Western Wisconsin,” said Bill Brockmiller, Treasurer, Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.“Whether we either in-person or by teleconference, we’ll continue to engage active and retiree members by encouraging them to connect with their brothers and sisters as well as with community and elected officials in productive and healthy ways.”

Brockmiller said canceling made sense due to the uncertainty.

Unions have always put Worker Safety First. When it comes to COVID, workers have been on the front line, promoting and suppling masks, vaccinating the public, putting their own safety at risk, working from home, and participating in virtual meetings. We have fought for hazard pay, paid sick days, unemployment benefits, and economic assistance for those who were needed it most. And unfortunately, the pandemic is not over, he said in a release.