Labor Day 2011

   

I’m Tom Dwyer,

Commercialization diminishes the real purpose of what should be Labor Day’s commemoration.  U S Labor’s 300-year history struggling for better working conditions continues today.

It’s always been more than just a civil debate; in the 1800’s and 1900’s deadly force was used to break up strikes.  Bloody stains like the Ludlow Massacre, where the Colorado National Guard used machine guns on a camp of 900 strikers, have marked the labor movement’s sacrifices.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887, 7 years before it was recognized nationally.

Child labor laws, collective bargaining, the 8 hour work day, overtime, injury and unemployment benefits, minimum wage, workplace safety, pensions, health insurance, paid sick leave, vacations, holidays, and more; all earned by union strength.

Worker rights do not arise spontaneously from free market forces.   This Labor Day, remember the sacrifice for the rights we all now enjoy!

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(c)2011 Tom Dwyer Automotive Services

 

 

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