You know what’s funny? I had to find a copy of this U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring a “labor is life” motif at a Canadian website. And not funny ha ha, funny weird. Labor is not revered or even THANKED in the U.S. as it once was. Labor Day is no longer about honoring those who fought for workers’ rights–it’s about having a barbecue.
Throughout the last century, the Labor Movement brought 40-hour workweeks, overtime pay, safe working conditions, a guaranteed minimum wage, collective bargaining, equal pay for equal work, and my favorite–rest periods, a.k.a. WEEKENDS. Not to mention getting those pesky kids out of the workplace and back into school. Unfortunately, membership in trade and private sector unions is down–way down. Giant corporations get away with paying their employees the minimum-and often with no benefits-while their CEO’s take home billions. It’s sickening. The majority of union members are workers in the public sector. And managers and Republican legislators would like to get rid of us there too.
Well, forget it.
We’re here to stay. I deserve a living wage. I deserve good health and retirement benefits.
If you’re in Sacramento, join me at the annual Sacramento Working Family’s Labor Picnic. It’s free for working people. Millionaire CEO’s, you’ll have to buy your own damn burgers.
Sacramento Working Family’s Labor Day Picnic
Sponsored by the Sacramento Labor Council
Monday, September 5, 2011
William Land Park in the Village Green Area at Sutterville and Freeport
“You’re invited to attend our Labor Day Picnic for Working Men and Women and their families. This event is free and we will be having some good food, entertainment, elected officials to be introduced, children’s activities, a raffle(tickets to be purchased) and much more.”