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Kentucky Politicians attend annual Labor Day union picnic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of local union members spent Labor Day at the Louisville Zoo.

It was part of the annual United Labor Day Picnic. The event was also a chance for politicians from across the state to campaign and share their message."

"He says he wants to make America great again, well, folks, he can start by actually making things in America," said Secretary of State of Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes to union members.

Grimes is not on the ballot but she took aim at some people who are. That included republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Grimes said, "Donald Trump is desperate and he is dangerous."

Secretary Grimes was one of a handful of Kentucky politicians who spoke at the annual United Labor Picnic at the Louisville Zoo.

Grimes said, "Come November, three words that I want to say, madam President Clinton! Will y'all join me in that."

"It's to celebrate the working people, people that work for a living and doesn't get recognized," said Charlie Clephas, who is president of the United Labor Day Picnic.

Organizers say the event gives local union workers a chance to hear from candidates and share their concerns.

Clephas explained, "We want to let them know who we endorse because they say they believe in the working people and getting them decent wages and benefits and health insurance."

But it was clearly a partisan turnout. Union members like seeing their elected officials up close, however, some wanted the invitation list to include more than one political party.

Kent Alexander is a registered republican and said, "I think they should invite both sides. That way we get different points of view."

Carrie McKeehan works for JCPS and said, "I believe both sides should be represented so that people can make an educated opinion about what they believe."

Organizers say with thousands of union members on hand, politicians from all parties should be eager to come.

"It should be a destination spot, really because that's where the people are," said Clephas.

"This annual picnic also raises thousands of dollars for less fortunate children from across the state, at the Louisville zoo, I'm Stephan Johnson, WDRB News."

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