|Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837-1930) -- Legendary labor organizer and cofounder of the Industrial Workers of the World|
It's Labor Day. Do something for labor and please sign this petition.
American workers fought for 200 years to gain basic rights like decent wages, safe workplaces, and the 40-hour week, only to see them erode in recent times. (How many workers only put in 40 hours anymore?)
The 1% and their lapdogs despise unions and do everything they can -- legal or no -- to keep their workers from organizing. (If you want the paradigm example of this, see Wal-Mart.) The net result is a miserable 11% level of union membership amongst wage and salary employees in the United States today.
Workers carry this country -- at least when their jobs aren't shipped offshore to even more downtrodden workers. (Yes, we need to work internationally to help all people receive a livable wage, at least until such time as there can be a tectonic shift in the global economy to a purely egalitarian system.)
So, on this Labor Day, thank you to the labor force, who do the real work in this country, far from the trading floors of Wall Street and the boardrooms of the mega corporations.