The American labor movement has always been characterized by struggle, struggle against capital, against authoritarian public-sentiment, and against government opposition.
American labor has also traditionally espoused a set of very specific values, values that have become alien and unappreciated, foremost by American labor leadership, and sadly much of Americas workforce as well. Among these values are solidarity, the sense that each should look out for the interests of all, mutual assistance, a rough-and-ready sense of equality, a disdain for elitism, and a belief that democracy and individual rights did not stop at the plant gate or the office reception room.
On today’s labor day, let’s try to remember, and spread these values, and the value of struggle, and the benefits they bring, both in terms of a better life for American workers, and a better America over all. Let’s fight back against the enslavement of the American worker.