Biden to launch Detroit Labor Day parade with speech

By Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Vice President Joe Biden will kick off the annual Labor Day parade Monday in Detroit.

Biden is scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m. near a staging area at Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street in the Corktown neighborhood before labor union members parade through downtown to Hart Plaza on the Detroit riverfront, according to a tentative schedule released Wednesday.

Biden, a potential candidate for president in 2016, participated in Detroit’s Labor Day event in 2012.

“Joe Biden is always welcome in Michigan,” Rick Blocker, president of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, said Wednesday in a statement. “On every critical issue we face — raising the minimum wage, access to health care, the right to organize — he’s been a strong voice for working families. It’s a great honor to have Vice President Biden join our Labor Day celebration.”

This will be Biden’s second visit to the Motor City in the past two months.

On July 17, Biden was the keynote speaker at the Netroots convention of liberal political activists at Cobo Center. He also attended a Michigan Democratic Party fundraiser and visited with students at a job training program at Wayne County Community College District.

President Barack Obama spoke at Detroit’s Labor Day gathering in 2011.