Labor Day is coming up. I hope all everyone gets a chance to enjoy some time with their friends and families.
This is the holiday brought to you by the labor movement. What is the labor movement? It’s people just like yourself, working together for a voice on the job and better wages and working conditions.
Labor Day celebrates our achievements: the eight hour day, occupational safety and health laws, child labor laws, minimum wage laws; the Fair Labor Standards Act, etc.
All of the rights and protections that workers have achieved were won because people just like you sacrificed to make progress and to achieve fairness. But nothing was ever won alone. Victories are won by being united and working together.
Now we are experiencing the toughest times that I have seen in my lifetime. Record high unemployment, declining wages and working conditions, and a vicious assault on workers’ rights.
Turning it around will take a renewed commitment to unity and solidarity.
What is unity? It’s when we rise above our differences and act together in our common interest.
What is solidarity? It’s when we make sacrifices that may not be of any immediate benefit to ourselves, but are for the good of us all.
Here is a link to a 30-second commercial for working people by the AFL-CIO. Please help to spread the word.