In Maine: IBEW Local 1837
16 Old Winthrop Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: (207) 623-1030, Fax: (207) 621-8384
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680 Central Avenue, Suite 201
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

Independence Day Union Style

Tasters in the Chili Cookoff area at the Eastern Maine Labor Council July 4 Event
Tasters in the Chili Cookoff area at the Eastern Maine Labor Council July 4 Event

Union members, their families and allies gathered on July 4 at the Solidarity Center in Brewer to observe Independence Day union style. The traditional chili cookoff formed the basis for a well received meal, along with roasted organic lamb and an array of salads and side dishes including some with ingredients from local farmers who participate in the Union Supported Agriculture program. The Steelworkers took the prize in the chili cookoff for their "Pirate Chili."

 

IBEW 1837 member Bob Toole at the Solidarity Center: IBEW 1837 member Bob Toole catches a quiet moment between food and entertainment at the Solidarity Center on July 4
IBEW 1837 member Bob Toole at the Solidarity Center: IBEW 1837 member Bob Toole catches a quiet moment between food and entertainment at the Solidarity Center on July 4

 

The crowd was addressed by both Congressman Mike Michaud and Congressman Tom Allen, both of whom also spent time chatting with event attendees.

Music was provided by Shawn Mercer in the earlier part of the evening, and the Toughcatswound out the event leading up to the fireworks. Between music acts, "EFCA" man took the stage in a raucous skit featuring a reporter scaring up stories about injustice at Circuit City, the unworkability of the Verizon Sale, and the misdeeds of the senators from Maine in the vote on the Employee Free Choice Act.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Solidarity Fund, which supports laid off workers and workers building our organizations through the Food AND Medicine organization.

The Evil Circuit City Execs meet the Mild Mannered Reporter in the July 4 Skit
The Evil Circuit City Execs meet the Mild Mannered Reporter in the July 4 Skit
"EFCA Man" Confronts the Senators from Maine:  "EFCA Man" confronts the Senators from Maine on their misdeeds in Congress when they voted against the Employee Free Choice Act (July 4 skit)
"EFCA Man" Confronts the Senators from Maine:  "EFCA Man" confronts the Senators from Maine on their misdeeds in Congress when they voted against the Employee Free Choice Act (July 4 skit)
Mike Michaud Addresses July 4 Crowd
Mike Michaud Addresses July 4 Crowd
Mingling with the July 4 crowd
Mingling with the July 4 crowd
The Toughcats closed out the event leading up to viewing of the fireworks:  The Toughcats unique style and energy were a crowd pleaser to close out the event before viewing the fireworks over the Penobscot River.
The Toughcats closed out the event leading up to viewing of the fireworks:  The Toughcats unique style and energy were a crowd pleaser to close out the event before viewing the fireworks over the Penobscot River.

 

Tasters in the Chili Cookoff area at the Eastern Maine Labor Council July 4 Event