Justin Krebs On Labor Day: A Good Day For Republicans To “Ponder Their Assault On The Amrican Worker”
This year has seen an unprecedented assault on the rights of workers to organize, starting in Wisconsin and spreading across the country. Unions have fought back and found allies in non-unionized Americans who recognize the right to organize as a fundamental American value; they have won early races in Wisconsin that have given their opponents pause –but in many states, the damage has been done – and ensured there will be less to celebrate this Labor Day in years past.
While there have always been forces that attack workers, the big change is how fewer are the politicians brave enough to stand with labor now than there were in 1894 when Congress authorized the holiday. Such legislation would never pass in Boehner’s House. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before today’s Congress seeks to change Labor Day to Capital Day. In the end, they will only compromise and call it “Ronald Reagan Labor Day” if the White House cuts more jobs programs.
If you’re enjoying the holiday with your family today, you can thank labor unions. Labor day is…
…made possible by child labor laws, weekends and minimum wage – all progress that was championed by labor unions. But you won’t hear about that on Monday, politicians will be too busy discussing how to get government out of the way of Big Business and regular Americans will be too preoccupied worrying about their economic future.Click here for reuse options!
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