Strike outside Silgan Containers in September (copy)

TOP: In this September 2020 photo, union employees strike outside of Silgan Containers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said union membership is higher in public sector jobs like teaching, rather than in the private industry.

A St. Joseph resident would have no trouble driving through the city’s empty streets this Monday.

Mike Veale remembers it wasn’t always that way on Labor Day. Some streets used to be clogged for a parade that provided a salute to labor in a city that once called itself a union town.

Greg Kozol can be reached at greg.kozol@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowKozol.

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