Celebrate Labor Day by Celebrating Labor

By: Monday September 2, 2013 3:00 pm

There is a reason why we have a day called “labor day” and not one called “corporation day.” We do not dedicate a day to the social and economic achievements of entities like Walmart or McDonald’s because they are not the workhorses that built the country. Organized labor created a way for workers to stand up against oppressive businesses and corporations who wished to exploit them.

 

Labor Day Hooray: Longshoremen Cut Ties With AFL-CIO

By: Monday September 2, 2013 1:50 pm

At the time, Robert McEllrath, president of the ILWU International had been painted into quite a corner and had to parse his words very carefully over the Port Shutdowns aided by OWS in order to stay in compliance with Taft-Hartley and protect union members from firing and financial reprisals.

Thoughts on Labor Day 2013

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 5:20 pm

As you sit down to your barbecue or grilled whatever this Labor Day; as you seek out the best deals at the store for whatever Labor Day sales this weekend; remember that the working poor, the laborers if you will, are probably not getting a paid day off. Or maybe they are among the long term un and underemployed who probably are not sitting down to a nice cook out meal to celebrate the “end of summer.”

Alt-Labor Day, 2013

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 6:40 pm

Fast food workers in dozens of cities staged a national day of strikes on Thursday, August 29. The action sought to galvanize public support for a living wage of $15 per hour, and respect for fast food workers’ right to organize. Employees from restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King called on other retail workers around the country to join them in walking off the job. Many employees, who have had to go on food stamps and public assistance to survive on their industry’s wages, felt they had no choice but to protest their treatment by employers.

Pull Up a Chair: Labor Day and Back to School

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 am

What’s everybody doing this weekend? Picnics? Rallies? Festivals? Community Days? Nothin’?

I suppose the kids are already back to school, seems wrong starting in August, first day of school should be next Wednesday, demmit.

Happy Labor Day?

By: Monday September 3, 2012 3:55 pm

It’s no coincidence that the decline of unionization over the past 40 years has exactly tracked the parallel decline of middle-class wages, the disappearance of pensions, the increasing numbers of those who lack health insurance, skyrocketing executive pay, and vaulting inequality.

$15 Billion Later, No Labor Party (Jill Stein’s Labor Day Message)

By: Monday September 3, 2012 2:05 pm

I welcome and endorse the AFL-CIO’s campaign to finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call for a second, Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to jobs, living wages, labor unions, voting rights, health care, education, and retirement security. As the Green Party candidate for President, my Green New Deal platform already has specific proposals to secure these rights. – Jill Stein

Labor Day and the Future of America

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 6:00 pm

Labor Day 2012 comes at a turning point in American history. At a time when the wealthiest have prospered beyond the wildest of dreams, the vast majority of working Americans struggle to make ends meet. Millions have seen their incomes flatten, their jobs outsourced, and their hopes for retirement security put on hold, if not quashed completely. At the same time, Wall Street and the politicians who conspire with them have worked overtime to destroy the ability of American workers to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits.

Should Labor Boycott Charlotte?

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 12:52 pm

The Democratic National Convention is less than a week away, and liberals are getting fired up. But at least one of the party’s key constituencies isn’t quite so excited.

That group is organized labor.

Last July’s announcement that the convention would be held in the staunchly anti-union city of Charlotte, North Carolina—the least unionized state in the country—set off a firestorm of protest in the labor movement. A year later, dissatisfaction still simmers, and there’s a case to be made for an unprecedented move. The message is simple: maybe labor should sit this one out.

Labor Day Weekend, 2012 Economic Report

By: Friday August 31, 2012 7:09 pm

Well, here we are once again. Labor Day weekend has rolled around; the time when all the politicians extol the virtues of the working man and woman. But as I pointed out last year, once a year praise by Beltway Village Idiots Politicians and Pundits or the local equivalent of same, does not actually make someone a friend of workers.

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