Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day

This year we in the US celebrate Labor Day today.

By Hammer and Hand all Arts do stand.

Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts. Molly Ivins

Labor Day differs in every essential from other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflict and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation. Samuel Gompers

If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. Abraham Lincoln

Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. Ronald Reagan

With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in men, than any other association of men. Clarence Darrow

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership - the American worker. US Department of Labor



At 7:01 PM, September 05, 2011 Anonymous Q. Pheevr had this to say...

Is that the Ronald Reagan who was president of the Screen Actors Guild, or the Ronald Reagan who fired eleven thousand air traffic controllers for going on strike?

At 7:03 PM, September 05, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

The latter, astonishingly.

Or perhaps not so - after all, he was an actor and could deliver lines he presumably did not agree with.

At 10:50 AM, September 06, 2011 Blogger Barbara had this to say...

Thanks Sister.


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