Free barbeque, games, and music all in Labor Day fun

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Thousands of Central Alabama union workers spent Labor Day with their families at a barbeque at Tannehill State Park. The event was hosted by the AFL, CIO, and United Mineworkers, and thousands of union workers participated.

The event featured free barbeque, music, and games for the kids. Event organizers say Labor Day was the perfect opportunity to relax, and celebrate all the hard work done throughout the year.

"I'm expecting our crowd to be a little bigger this year," said Bill Blackman the President of the Central Alabama Labor Federation, "Just because of the economy and people don't have the money to go out of town for Labor Day like they usually do."

Everyone agreed especially during the current economy, it was more important than ever to recognize hard working union members.

"We think this whole country needs to stop and take a breath, and look at working people in this nation and appreciate them," said Daryl Dewberry, the International Vice President of United Mine Workers,"This is appreciation day for the working people here."

Union members like Dominick Renz and his family said they were grateful for all the effort. "We just wanted to get together with our union brothers and sisters and enjoy the outdoors and Labor Day," said Renz, "This was a lot of fun."

This is the third year for the celebration, and organizers say they hope to continue to host this event in the future.