(HELENA) Union leaders began their Labor Day weekend with an event honoring workers around Montana.

Montana State AFL-CIO held its annual Labor Day Picnic Friday at the Laborers AGC Training Center in Helena. Organizers say almost 150 people were in attendance – including Gov. Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox and several Helena city leaders and candidates for city offices.

Al Ekblad, Montana State AFL-CIO’s executive secretary, said the state’s Central Labor Councils have held Labor Day Picnics continuously since the 1980s. He said the events serve as a celebration of workers – and a reminder for people to think about the contributions they have made.

“Work has value, and workers should be paid a fair wage, they should have a decent retirement, and they should have good health insurance to cover their families,” he said. “That is what we expect, and that’s what we work for every day as a labor movement.”

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AFL-CIO also scheduled Labor Day Picnics in Great Falls, Butte, Missoula and Billings on Monday afternoon.

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