It’s Labor Day…Dammit!!

Its LABOR DAY Dammit! Not BBQ Day. Not 25% sale day. LABOR DAY!!!
One needs to look only as far as Wisconsin’s, Ohio’s and Michigan’s historic Union destroying legislation as proof of the increasingly demonic and repressive GOP right wing movement to destroy Unions altogether in the United States. You should keep this in mind. If you enjoy ANY of the following you owe UNIONS a huge thank you.
Weekends without work
All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
Paid vacation
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Sick leave
Social Security
Minimum wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
8-hour work day
Overtime pay
Child labor laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40-hour work week
Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
Unemployment insurance
Pensions
Workplace safety standards and regulations
Employer health care insurance
Collective bargaining rights for employees
Wrongful termination laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
Whistle Blower protection laws
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
Sexual harassment laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday pay
Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
Privacy rights
Pregnancy and parental leave
Military leave
The right to strike
Public education for children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
Laws ending sweatshops in the United States
Membership in the Middle Class
How does one thank the unions for what they have done for this country? How do we celebrate their contribution to the United States? Well simply put, VOTE.
There is a certain political party who has made it their goal for decades to privatize everything at the expense of individual American’s health, safety, and economic well being. This party stopped every attempt to raise minimum wages. This party refused to enforce laws that were put in place to protect American workers from avariciously greedy corporations who are actively attempting to create a permanent impoverished underclass. This same party created tax law loopholes that prevented corporations from having to pay their fair share of taxes. (Bank of America, General Electric, and the cabal of oil companies collectively pay less taxes than you do.)  It is the same party that created incentives to corporations to outsource our jobs to China, Europe, and India virtually destroying the American manufacturing while hiding their obscene profits in offshore banks in order to avoid paying a fair share of taxes.  Ask yourselves, what is it that Americans actually manufacture? This party has destroyed our economy with their myopic goal of destroying organized labor in order to maximize already obscenely large profits. You noticed the list of things above that we owe to the Unions (LABOR). You also see every day a political party’s agenda at play to whittle away at each and every accomplishment.
So please honor the people who died in armed struggles with corporate goons to make sure that your quality of life was better than that of your Grandparents before you. Please. The best and ONLY way to for you to honor Labor is not having a BBQ or buying Chinese made products at Walmart’s Labor Day Sale. The best thing you can do is stay informed and VOTE. Vote for people and parties who goal is to reinstate the Middle Class and the strides of the Unions.
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