The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day (and more)

September 1, 2014 - News

“..Within a day of the troops’ arrival, mobs started tipping railroad cars and setting them on fire. Troops cracked down with bayonets and bullets; the rioting and property destruction worsened. Dozens of people ultimately died in Chicago and elsewhere…The U.S. Department of Labor’s page on the history of Labor Day notes the holiday ‘is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.’ It doesn’t mention the Pullman strike or labor strife in general…”

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“..Those shared victories came at a cost. Agitation for anti-trust legislation, shorter workdays and workweeks, and the right to organize was often portrayed as un-American and violently repressed. In 1914, John Kirby, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, called the trade union movement, ‘an un-American, illegal, and infamous conspiracy.’ Anti-labor employers fought against what they saw as incipient communism with strikebreaking, blacklisting, vigilante violence, and by enlisting government force to their side…”

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“..This push to erode labor standards, undercut wages, and undermine unions has been advanced by policymakers pursuing a misguided economic agenda working in tandem with the major corporate lobbies…model legislation has been written by the staffs of national corporate-funded lobbies and introduced in largely cookie-cutter fashion in multiple states across the country…”

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