Preps Made For Labor Day Picnic (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- A Fort Wayne Labor Day tradition will take center stage in the downtown area on Monday, celebrating the efforts of working men and women.

Thousands of people come together to enjoy a tasty menu of food offerings at the annual Labor Day picnic at Headwaters Park.

There's also music, some of it courtesy of members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

It's a time of fellowship, but those in charge do hope to communicate the value of organized labor.

“We’ve got to increase our voice. When working folks aren't heard in the economy and politics, we all suffer and we've seen that with declining incomes and increasing poverty. We've got to do better," said Tom Lewandowski, head of the Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council.

The event on Monday is free, and is open not only to union members, but to the general public.

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