Labor Day

25th STREET AND EIGHTH AVENUE, 5:20 P.M.--Conversation with Dave (Black) and Tommy (Caucasian), electricians and sign hangers, at the New York City Central Labor Council Labor Day rally.

Q: Why are you here today? Dave: To show support for the unions. Tommy: Tell her the real reason. Dave: Oh, no, man! Tommy: Because Uncle Dree made us. The union made us come.

Q: What do you think of the convention coming here to New York? Dave: It's probably good for business in the city. It really doesn't matter where the convention goes, cause we're going to beat them in November.

Q:Are you going to be working to get out the vote? Dave: Yes, in my neighborhood, the Bronx. Tommy: Yes.

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Q: What do you think about all the protesters? Dave: I wish people didn't have to get arrested for the cause. But I'm glad they're out there expressing their beliefs.

Q: What do you think of this rally? Tommy: They need to get Willie Nelson the fuck off the stage! (Steve Earle, actually, who is singing a song about coal miners in Kentucky).

Dave: Come on, man. She's trying to work here. Be serious. Tommy: Seriously, they should stop singing and talk more about voting. It's no celebration here. We got to get down to business.

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