I want to send out special greetings to the members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and the Boilmakers Local 154. These dedicated Western Pennsylvania labor unions last year sent foursomes to my golf outing. Operating Engineers Local 66 also graciously invited me to join them in marching in Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade. I appreciated your consideration of my candidacy.
To commemorate the day, I want to share the photo below of a mural by the Croatian artist Maxo Vanka (1890-1963). It shows the great sacrifices often made by working families:
The mural (which has vibrant colors not seen in this B&W photo) is one of many painted in 1937 and 1941 by Vanka on the walls of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, an ethnic Croatian parish in Millvale, PA. It is entitled "The immigrant mother raises her sons for industry."
Unfortunately, the recent Utah miners tragedy demonstrates that his sort of sacrifice is not a thing of the past.