The Demo Memo: Happy Labor Day: Why Labor Unions Still Matter
Excerpted from this post at The Demo Memo
This is a replica of my favorite bumper sticker in my extensive
collection. "The Labor Movement, The Folks Who Brought You the
Weekend." The words say it all. All of us, whether we acknowledge it
or not, owe a debt of gratitude to the first brave men and women who
stood up for worker's rights. You can read here about the beginnings
of the labor movement and the first Labor Day, but today I wanted to
reflect on the movement today and the lasting significance it still
has on the lives of working people in our country. I perused the
AFL-CIO Web site today, and it truly is excellent. There are so many
current issues in our country that the labor movement gets involved
with to ensure that "we the people" have a voice in the negotiations.
And as always, unions champion the rights of all working people, not
just paying members of labor unions.