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Rochester’s annual Labor Day parade steps off  at 11:00 a.m. on Monday near the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street, proceeds down East Ave. to Main Street, then turns west on Main Street to South Plymouth Avenue.

The parade, which is traditionally one of the largest Labor Day parades in the state, this year will honor Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi, the former CSEA Western Region President who died in July at the age of 79.

With Labor Day approaching, and an election year approaching, we sit down with local labor leaders to discuss the issues most pressing to them. What is the state of labor in 2015? AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka recently said that Hillary Clinton shouldn't count on union support unless she can figure out a way to energize workers. What, exactly, does that mean? Our panel discusses that and more.

  • Bruce Popper,  VP of 1199 SEIU and President of the Rochester Labor Council
  • Kendall Bell, Member Federation of Social Workers.  President CLUW  (Coalition of Labor Union Women)
  • Shelly Clements, Labor Relation Specialist with NYSUT

Let's talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Does it have regional interest for Western New Yorkers? Absolutely. Labor generally opposes it; many in the business community support it. Bob Duffy recently wrote an op-ed supporting the TPP, while labor leaders are eager to explain why they fear it could hurt workers. Our panel will address some of the questions about what it is, and whether it can be revived:

Labor Day is coming, and in many ways, union leaders feel that their organizations are under attack. Nationally, there's the right-to-work movement. In New York state, there's the debate over Wicks and Scaffold laws, among others. We check in on the state of our unions with our panel:

Jim Bertolone, President of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation and AFL-CIO
Erin Young, Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation
Dave Young, President of the Rochester Building and Construction Trades
Tom Gillette, Regional Director for New York State United Teachers

The 25th annual Rochester Labor Film Series starts next month at the Dryden Theatre. The series focuses on classic films, modern films and documentaries that highlights a wide range of labor issues. The series starts with 9 to 5 on September 5. Joining us to discuss the Rochester Labor Film Series are co-curator John Garlock, and his son Chris Garlock who is director of DC Labor FilmFest