Labor Day is a holiday honoring the American labor movement. Show your appreciation to the movement that brought us the minimum wage, an 8-hour workday and an end to child labor by buying union-made nosh for Monday’s get-togethers. Click here to see the list.
This Labor Day, we should celebrate our accomplishments and recognize we still need to unite more than ever to push forward.
There is great momentum behind the growing movement of working families sticking together and standing up to raise wages and fight for justice on all fronts. Our movement has spread to 250 U.S. cities, to 40 countries and to industries across the service economy, including home care, child care and education.
And the public is increasingly supportive: an August Gallup poll shows renewed support for working people, with nearly 6 in 10 people approving of unions, a jump in those wanting unions to have more influence and strong backing from Millennials.
Because working women and men have joined together and spoken out, elected leaders have raced to raise pay in 2015. Not only that: increasing incomes to lift up the economy has become a key issue in the race for the White House. It’s one cornerstone of our agenda for working families headed into 2016, along with securing commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and strengthening democracy and equity in safe and just communities.
However, our ability to unite is under attack by anti-worker extremists funded by billionaires. They’re trying to get the Supreme Court to do their dirty work for them by pushing a political case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which would restrict the rights of teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and other people who serve the public to have a say in their wages and how they protect our communities. The case asks justices to overturn long-standing rights that working people depend on — rights that have given tens of millions of Americans, particularly women and people of color, a chance to provide for their families and make life better for their kids.
That’s why more than ever, we need to unite, keep the momentum on our side and go on the offensive. Together, we are sticking together and speaking up for an economy and democracy that work for all of us.
Happy Labor Day to All!