Our annual Labor Day Picnic is on Monday, September 3rd at Oaks Park, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is a fun, family-friendly event and all members are invited to attend (represented employees who are not currently members–Fair Share–can sign a membership card at the event).
We are also inviting Temporary and On Call staff as well. Bring your family and friends for a fun day in the park! Ask for the AFSCME area, and then look for the AFSCME Local 88 sign-in table when you arrive.
FOOD: Picnic lunch is provided for members and their families/guests from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each member can have up to 5 lunch tickets (including themselves and their families/guests).
DRINKS: Each member will be able to receive up to 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each.
RIDE BRACELETS: Each member is eligible for up to 5 all-day ride bracelets. We have only purchased 900 total ride bracelets this year, so please plan accordingly and try to arrive early. Additional ride bracelets can be purchased at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council booth for $10.50. This year Oaks Park will be charging the full $19.00, so please keep that in mind.
PARKING/TRANSPORTATION: Remember to arrive early due to heavy traffic. Biking is a great way to avoid the parking challenges. This year there will also be at AFSCME Solidarity bike ride to the park, meet at 9am at the east side base of the Hawthorne Bridge. Parking can be scarce in and around Oaks Park on Labor Day, the park’s busiest day of the year, but there’s plenty of parking five miles north at OMSI, the McLoughlin Overpass, McCoy Millwork, and the Portland Opera. The Oregon Pacific Railroad offers free shuttles between OMSI and Oaks Park from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The train boards at Southeast 4th and Caruthers.
BLOOD DRIVE: Northwest Oregon Labor Council and the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive. Please come and support our Annual Blood Drive at this year’s Labor Day Picnic! The American Red Cross is always in need of blood, and this time of year is a critical time! The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Come and donate and save a life! Bloodmobiles will be parked in the picnic area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VOLUNTEER: Every year nearly 20,000 union members and their families attend the Oaks Park Labor Day Picnic. Consider volunteering to help make this annual event a success. This year Kathy Formella is coordinating the volunteers for Oregon AFSCME. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!