United Auto Workers

Julie Rose

Fewer than three percent of North Carolina workers belong to a union - the lowest rate in the nation. But a hearty contingent of about 300 came out for the annual Labor Day parade in Charlotte. Many of them also spent the holiday afternoon at an organizing meeting for low-wage workers.

Because of DNC security restrictions, some of the biggest crowd pleasers of the annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade didn't get to participate yesterday.

No car clubs, bike groups, pedicabs . . . "not even Razzles the Clown," said parade organizer Ben Lee.