Labor Day a big deal in Milwaukee over recent years

Crowds of union workers were expected to celebrate Labor Day at Laborfest on the Summerfest Grounds on Monday.  For many years, people have made Labor Day a major event in the city.

Click on each photo for more of a history of Labor Day events over recent years, and click here for a video version of the story from TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray during "Live at Daybreak."

  • MILWAUKEE - Crowds of union workers were expected to celebrate Labor Day at Laborfest on the Summerfest Grounds on Monday.

    For many years, people have made Labor Day a major event in the city.

    President Obama has attended rallies for two of the last four years.

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  • On Labor Day 2008, as the GOP gathered for a national convention in Minnesota, then-candidate Barack Obama was in Milwaukee.

    He campaigned to win his first Presidential term at the Marcus Amphitheater.

    "If there s a guy who's lost his job, that's my brother. If there's a woman out there without heath care, that's my sister. Those are the values that built this country. Those are the values we are fighting for," Mr. Obama exclaimed on stage at the rally.

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  • A year later, Harley-Davidson motorcycles led a parade down Wisconsin Avenue.

    Local labor unions celebrated accomplishments, despite tough economic times.

    In 2010, President Obama came back again to Milwaukee for Labor Day.

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  • During that visit at Labor Fest, he promoted stimulus projects.

    "This is a plan that will be fully paid for and will not add to the deficit over time," said Mr. Obama.

    "We're going to work with Congress to see to that. It sets up an infrastructure bank to leverage federal dollars and focus on infrastructure investments."

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  • One year ago, the mood was noticably down at Labor Fest.

    The year was marked by protests and demonstrations at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

    Just weeks before Labor Day, the GOP won a round of recalls to keep control of the State Senate.

    "Obviously, the mood here is much different than it was last year," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in '11.

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  • 2012's Labor Fest Parade was set to start in Downtown Milwaukee at 11:00 a.m.

    Outgoing Democratic Senator Herb Kohl was to address union workers and supporters at the Summerfest Grounds.

    That event was set from 12:00 p.m. unitil 5:00 p.m.

    Click on the photo for more pictures from Labor Fests over recent years.