Labor Day

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of labor activists and democratic-party faithful Monday morning in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“The union movement today is the last line of resistance to the reactionary corporate agenda,” he said, urging his colleagues in Congress to back reforms making it easier for workers to organize.

He spoke at the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, held this year just a week before the state's primaries.

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Governor Chris Sununu announced plans last week to study whether New Hampshire schools should be required to start after Labor Day.

But some families who flocked to Seacoast beaches on the holiday Monday said they don’t really care when school starts.

Dawn Szelog’s family had staked out a spot among the crowds at Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye by late morning, as the temperature neared 90.

Bid adieu to August—and summer—with a Labor Day holiday weekend full of celebration and fun. Throw in some live music, good food, and friends while you're at it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra for inspiration.

Find more things to do on the NHPR's community calendar - and submit your own events here.

Visit Kate McNally's NHPR Folk Music and Dance Calendar for live music listings.

E. Grimm

 A school bus driver shortage in New Hampshire, and nationally, is making it difficult for some kids to get to school. It's forced the Northwood district to struggle with the start of the school day, and the town of Wakefield to delay school for two weeks.  Then there's the question of when that first day should be: Governor Sununu set off a statewide debate recently, saying he thinks the first day of school should be after Labor Day - we examine that issue as well.   

 

Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will make two stops in the state on Labor Day.

Sanders will start his day with a speech at the annual AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester. The event, hosted by the New Hampshire chapter of the country’s largest labor union, will also feature New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Representative Annie Kuster.

Later that morning, Sanders will speak at an event at Rollins Park in Concord hosted by the progressive group Rights and Democracy NH.

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State tourism officials expect this Labor Day weekend to be a busy one. Kris Nielsen with the division of travel and tourism says visitors are projected to spend $88 million here between now and Monday night.

"It's predicted to be the busiest labor day weekend on record. In fact we are expecting about 620,000 people to visit from out of state during the three day holiday that actually represents a 5 percent increase over last year."

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

C-H-I-C-K-E-N/ Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur/ Penny's Farm/ Kingswood Records

Little Birdie/ Daniel Koulack & Karnnel Sawitsky/ Fiddle And Banjo/ Fiddle & Banjo

The Moorings/ Andrew Duhon/ The Moorings/ Andrew Duhon

Jerusalem Ridge/ Gina Forsyth/ Copper Rooster And Other Tunes And Tales/ Waterbug Records

Down That Road Again/ Steep Canyon Rangers/ Radio/ New Rounder

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band/ Almost Acoustic/ Rhino Records

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

What Fortunes Guide A Sailor/ Matthew Byrne/ Hearts & Heroes/ Matthew Byrne

The Banks of Primroses/ Hannah Sanders and Liz Simmons/ Recorded at NHPR Hannah Sanders and Liz Simmons

Northern Spy/ Low Lily/ Low Lily/ Low Lily

Skagway 1895/ Adam Michael Rothberg/ Soul Of A Man/ AMR Music

Government On Horseback/ Si Kahn/ Thanksgiving/ Strictly Country

Workin'/ Tim O'Brien/ Chicken & Egg/ 100% WOMON

The Power And The Glory/ Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer/ Drum Hat Buddha/ Signature Sounds

Emily Corwin / NHPR

The AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester this morning.  More than three hundred working men and women gathered to hear from Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and others. 

The event’s featured guest and keynote speaker was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who says she came to New Hampshire not just to recognize New Hampshire’s workers, but to encourage them to get involved in the upcoming presidential and local elections.