Despite smoke from wildfires burning throughout Oregon and Washington, thousands of union members and their familiescelebrated Labor Day with picnics, music, games, and rides.
Lines were long at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, where a crowd estimated at 12,000 turned out for a picnic sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.
Other labor-sponsored gatherings were held in Springfield, Salem, and Ashland, Oregon, and in Castle Rock, Washington. Smoky air conditions forced the cancellation of a labor picnic in Bend, Oregon.
Among the crowd in Portland was U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley; Gov. Kate Brown; Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler; and a host of city and county commissioners, state legislators, and numerous candidates running for local and statewide offices.