Union members gather for picnic in support of the American workforce


by Johnny Archer


Posted on September 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 2:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- About 40 different union organizations from the Louisville area joined together on Labor day at the United Labor Picnic held at the Louisville Zoo. Many of the workers set aside their tools to honor the workforce in America.
“If you ask anybody, Americans are the best workers,” said Ken Koch, president of the local machinist union.
Yet, 8.3 percent of people are unemployed in Kentucky during the month of July, which is the same percentage nationally. In Indiana, the unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.
Charles Clephas is president for the United Labor Picnic and says the economy is looking promising for the workforce in Louisville.
“Louisville itself is doing well for the workforce,” said Clephas. “Especially the union workforce.”
President of the local United Auto Workers, Todd Dunn agrees.
“Things are really good in Louisville,” said Dunn.
Ken Koch says employers in his field are looking for employers, but says there’s not enough trained people to fill the positions.
“I’ve got people crying for machinists,” said Koch. “They need the workers.”
Many union workers at the picnic say President Obama inherited a major economic problem, but he will be able to put Americans back to work.
“I think that overall he did what could be done,” said Clephas. “I don’t believe from what I remember he went in there saying ‘We’re going to solve this in one term.’ Things are too bad.”