Labor Day Fest draws big crowd

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Published: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 --- 7:45 p.m.

From fast food employees rallying for higher wages to the arrests of solidarity singers at the Capitol, workers' rights have taken center stage in Madison this summer.

That's part of the reason those at the Labor Temple's Labor Day festival say so many people came out to celebrate the state's hard workers.

"Workers' rights are human rights," said AFSCME Local 60 organizer Shelle Michalak. "It's not about being in a union or not being in a union. It's about being able to support your family. And that's why I think today is really nice. Because everybody can just get together and talk."

A coalition of a number of labor unions from south central Wis. set up tables outside of the Labor Temple on S. Park St. Monday afternoon. More than 1,000 members and supporters participated in activities, including singing with the solidarity singers.