Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Union praise

September 5, 2007


To the editor:

After celebrating the Labor Day holiday, I realized it would be a good time to reiterate why we originally celebrated Labor Day.

We now look at it as the ending of summer, the beginning of football season, the last chance to go to the lake, or to have that barbecue with the family. There's nothing wrong with that. However, we should all understand the true history of the holiday and why we have it.

It was, and is, a tribute to the everyday working stiff. It was originated by unions to honor all those who work in jobs that have to be done, who live paycheck to paycheck, who struggle to have a roof over their head and food on the table, and sacrifice so their children could have a better life than theirs.

It is only natural that unions started this celebration. They have been the voice of the worker. They fought and won many worker rights we now take for granted: the eight-hour day, paid holidays, the two-day weekend, overtime pay, health insurance and retirement plans. It wasn't easy. People died to attain them. Companies fought hard to suppress them, as they still do (just look at Wal-Mart).

So on Labor Day I pay homage to those courageous unionists before me by saying I'm proud to be a union man because I'm one of those working stiffs. Thank you!

Randy Supernaw,



Ragingbear 10 years, 8 months ago

Would help if he knew what he was talking about. Labor Day is a celebration of the union. After years of turmoil, deceit, corruption and even murder (Jimmy Hoffa), the hard working people finally had a way to say that they didn't want people coming in and taking their jobs for a fraction of the pay they were getting. They were saying that they deserved to have work conditions where they didn't risk life and limb every moment because the company didn't want to invest $5 for proper safety equipment. It isn't a celebration of American workers, it is a Celebration of the Union. Something that now seems to stand for corruption.

But he is right in one regard. Labor day doesn't mean anything to the average American except "3 day weekend". Just like Memorial Day, and even Independence Day (Day off, Hot dogs, Fireworks).

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 8 months ago

Randy's worthless rip on Wal Mart further alienates unions from mainstream America. Unions are dying, and rightly so.

acg 10 years, 8 months ago

The man who invented labor day also was the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. His name was Peter J. McGuire. He said, of labor day "labor day is a day to honor those who have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold". Remember that STRS, when you're running off at the mouth about something you are totally ignorant about. Thanks.

shockchalk 10 years, 8 months ago

Remember the slogan............America works less when we say Union yes! I think they actually put "best" in place of "less" but we all know that isn't true. The Unions were a godsend when they started and they did many great things for the worker. But the last 30 years have all been about more money for less work. If you look at the bid 3 automakers, you will see the result of a Union that has run amuck!

paavopetie 10 years, 8 months ago

I find Labor Day ironic, because while most of America gets off to celebrate it, workers in the service industry still have to work, serving those on vacation. So really, we celebrate Labor Day while those who truly deserve a day off (those stuck in minimum wage service jobs) have to serve us.

Labor Day has become another Buy Nothing Day for me.

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