For some, holding backyard barbecues with families defines Labor Day weekend.
But for an umbrella labor group in San Diego, the holiday brings an annual breakfast where representatives from 132 affiliated unions come together to rally the troops about their accomplishments and express concerns, reports the North County Times.
This year's breakfast, held Friday ---- where 600 attendees were served eggs, sausage, bacon and fruit ---- comes amid a tough anti-union climate in America. One notable example of this was the recent passage of a law in Wisconsin that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights, which was cited by union leaders at the breakfast in speeches and a slide show.
At the top of the agenda for leaders with the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor organization, are growing worries that a bitter 141-day strike and lockout of food workers at Southern California's biggest supermarket chains in 2003 and 2004, might happen again this year.