Beaches and mountains are hot ticket
attractions but you'll also find the Central
Valley worth visiting for concerts, tours
and festivals to complete your hot summer.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND PARADE EVENTS
Paul Bunyan Labor Day Parade in Fort Bragg celebrates the fictional lumberjack, a burly guy who could wield a mighty ax and cut down big trees with ease. Paul Bunyan Days festival weekend celebrates with log sawing contests and other physical challenges, as well as a festival with music, food and the parade.
Labor Day, the federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, was created over 100 years ago to celebrate and pay tribute to the economic and social contributions of workers. Most Americans see it as the end of summer, the last chance to take a vacation before the kids go back to school, the last time to relax and go to the beaches and mountains before ski season. It's as much a state of mind as a day off. For sports fans, it also is an exciting time-- NFL, college football and NCAA teams usually play their first games, with basketball soon on its way.
LABOR DAY PARADES IN CALIFORNIA:
The contentious side of labor is the strife in earning a buck. With current hiring in the state not making up for lost jobs this summer, the job market continues to be a tough one for those looking to work. Nowhere is the issue of "labor" more visible than in state and local governments in California. Except for a few cities, nearly every municipality has spent the past several years trying to curb cost with reduction of staff, reduction of services and negotiation with labor unions for reduced benefits. Just yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 28) labor leaders representing more than 1.5 million public employees and retirees said that a new deal reached is a violation of collecting bargaining rights. The reforms for new employees include an annual pension cap, contributions of at least half of their pension costs and a higher retirement age for full benefits. Current employees will not see changes nor reduction in retiree health care costs, which are skyrocketing.