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Union members celebrate Labor Day with picnic in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - Summer-like weather returned just in time for summer's unofficial farewell.

Labor Day celebrates the American workers' movement and here in the Lehigh Valley local unions say it's important to recognize the hard work that's behind it.

Hundreds of people attended The Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council's annual Pete DePietro Labor Day picnic.

Over 40 different unions were represented and they say it's important to recognize the hard-working class of people that made the Lehigh Valley what it is today.

Labor days is honoring the American worker, the ones who have built this country, given most of us the weekend, a 40 hour work week, benefits and rights, safety," said Gregg J. Potter of the Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council.

According to the U.S. Census bureau, nearly 160 million people make up the U.S. workforce.

Of those, retail sales, cashiers, office clerks, registered nurses, and laborers make up some of the largest occupations.

The census bureau says there has been a nearly 2 percent increase in employment over the last year, or about 143 million people.

Of the country's total work force, nearly 17 million workers are represented by a union.

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