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The COVID-19 pandemic prompts Northwest Oregon Labor Council to skip its annual picnic at Oak Park.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - The 2019 Labor Day picnic in Oaks Park.All labor unions in Oregon and Southwest have canceled their annual Labor Day picnics because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As reported by the NW Labor Press, that includes the one hosted by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) at Oaks Park in Portland. It is traditionally the largest, usually attracting close to 20,000 people, including Democratic politicians and candidates.

This will be the first time since 1985 that the NOLC hasn't held a picnic on Labor Day.

Other picnics traditionally have been hosted by Lane County, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, and Marion-Polk-Yamhill labor chapters.

Southwest Washington and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum central labor councils also canceled their joint picnic at Haydu Park in Kalama. Last year was their inaugural event, the NW Labor Press reported.

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