Celebrating Labor Day 2013

unionlaborLabor Day “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” according to the Department of Labor. Read more of the history of Labor Day here.

As we take time off on this last weekend of the summer we owe a debt of gratitude to organized labor for this time off. You wouldn’t have this day off otherwise. Business has never been the friend to American families. Though some may not support organized labor you won’t see them refusing any of the benefits these efforts have brought including summer vacations and the long Labor Day holiday weekend.

As a former president of the World Bank noted, “Strong unions have helped to reduce inequality, whereas weaker unions have made it easier for CEOs, sometimes working with market forces that they have helped shape, to increase it.” As the productivity of the American worker has increased over the past 30 years any thought of being rewarded has gone down. That benefit now comes in the form of executive salaries and bonuses. It’s time to reverse that 30 year effort lead by the Republican Party.

Whether you are in a union or not the standard of living in America was raised by working men and women. Remember who to thank for your weekend with your family and remember who would like to take it away from you. Vote.

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