Honors and dishonors at 34th annual Workers' Center Labor Day picnic

by Kelsey O'Connor
Ithaca Voice

September 4, 2017

The Tompkins County Workers' Center celebrated workers' rights Monday at its 34th annual Labor Day picnic.

More than 100 attendees of the picnic Monday enjoyed food, games and live music at Cass Park. The Workers' Center honored several members of the community for their dedication and sacrifice helping workers this year. As is tradition, the Workers' Center also gave out the annual notorious dishonor, the Goat of Labor. Every year, the "award" goes to "an especially egregious offender of workers’ rights."

Pete Meyers, a founder and coordinator of the Tompkins County Workers' Center, said their mission is to "stand up with and for all people treated unfairly at work."

Making a minimum wage the living wage was this year's picnic theme. The living wage figure was recently raised to $15.11 for employers who do not provide health insurance and $13.90 for those that do. Every two years, Alternatives Federal Credit Union reassesses the Tompkins County living wage. Activists are currently pushing for Tompkins County to make the minimum wage a living wage.

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