The fact that Americans may work a forty-hour week for a living wage, have paid sick days and vacation, may receive at least partial compensation for health insurance, are assured a reasonably safe work environment, receive compensation for on-the-job injury—in short, the fact that Americans enjoy any basic rights and dignity whatsoever as workers—is because their grandparents and great grandparents fought, bled, sacrificed their personal liberty and even died to win them.
The American national holiday Labor Day is set aside to honor honest labor, and to recognize the brave struggle for workers’ rights. We forget at our peril that even as I type these words, those who profit from others’ labor are working hard undoing the hard-won victories of mid twentieth Century American workers.
The struggle continues.
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