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Labor Day TV marathon honors 8 union sports enthusiasts

Posted on August 21, 2012
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This Labor Day, eight of America's hardest working union members will be honored for their community spirit, volunteerism, and love of the great outdoors.  Watch them September 3rd during the 2nd annual Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day marathon on the Sportsman TV Channel.  Find your local channel

Presented by Bank of Labor, this marathon is the only nationally televised, union-dedicated celebration in the U.S.  It's broadcasting to more than 31 million households from 1 to 5 p.m. ET.

A collaboration between the network and the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA), this unique event gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of hardworking union members as they set out on dream hunting or fishing trips-taking viewers to their favorite North American spots.

The Labor Day marathon includes:

1 p.m. ET | Texas Whitetail with a Steamfitter
Jake Lovato is a sportsman, sculptor and UA Local 412 steamfitter who uses his welding skills to make a positive impact, including travelling to Haiti to help rebuild an orphanage after the earthquake.  In this episode, Lovato controls his impatience as he watches more deer than he's ever seen, waiting for the perfect opportunity at that shooter buck.

1:30 p.m. ET | California Hog with an Ironworker
Jessica Reagor, member of Ironworker Local 395, sets out on an adrenaline-pumping California hog hunt.  She's reentering the field for the first time since adopting a baby boy with special needs out of foster care two years ago. Don't be fooled by her quiet nature.  This hard-worker from Indiana is a sharp shot.

2 p.m. ET | Montauk Stripers with an Electrical Worker
Third generation union member and New Yorker Joe Proscia has a long and storied past with the great outdoors. One of the founding members of IBEW Local 3's 500 member Sportsman Club, he's trekked across the globe for big game and elusive fish but still swears by the stripers in Montauk Bay.

2:30 p.m. ET | Kansas Geese with a Machinist
Brett Graham, an IAM Local 839 machinist, longtime Ducks Unlimited member and waterfowl guide, takes Tom Ackerman on a goose hunt outside Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. You'll get a thrill out of this epic hunt, which Graham replicates twice a year as a donation for a father/son/daughter hunting trip.

3 p.m. ET | Montana Whitetail with an Operating Engineer
Jesse Mondragon dedicated more than 20 years of his life to protecting our freedom.  Back on U.S. soil, this Operating Engineer from Texas' IUOE Local 564 is rewarded for his continued commitment to his community with every big-game hunter's dream-a pursuit of Montana's evasive whitetail.

3:30 p.m. ET | Michigan Pheasant with a Firefighter
In 2010, Firefighter and IAFF Local 1561 member Scott Walsh and his family rescued Houdini, a rescued German Wirehaired Pointer. Two years later, Walsh gets the chance to show off both Houdini and her adopted brother Hobson's skills as they pursue Michigan pheasant-getting the whole Walsh family in on the action.
4 p.m. ET | Montana Elk with an Electrical Worker
Fourth generation union member Scott Callaghan thought he'd seen it all. But two tours of duty in the Middle East and a battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma were just the start. Back on his feet and ready for adventure, this scout master, little league coach and member of IBEW Local 26 in Maryland heads west to hunt Montana's magnificent elk.  

4:30 p.m. ET | (NEW!) Idaho Mule Deer with a Refrigeration Fitter
Rene Thorn, refrigeration fitter from UA Local 250, is a devoted mother and avid sportswoman.  Her passion for sporting clays led to a love affair with game birds. Wanting to install a love of the outdoors in her daughter, together they volunteer at Bolsa Chica Wetlands near Huntington Beach, CA. Ready to stretch her skills, this dedicated conservationist and newbie hunter will be stalking Idaho's famed mule deer. 

"There are so many sportsmen and women in the union community who are doing amazing things to further conservation efforts throughout North America," said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. "I can't imagine a more perfect day than Labor Day to honor and reward that commitment."

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