Yesterday was Labor Day, which has been a federal holiday since 1894.
It honors the work, sacrifices, and contributions of American workers.
However, labor unions have been in rapid decline since the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, ironically himself the only President to be a labor union leader, as head of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s and early 1950s.
If it was not for workers in all fields of industry and business, plus public government workers, America would not have accomplished its economic greatness over the generations.
And yet, not one word from President Donald Trump, who has spent his life exploiting workers in his real estate businesses, and often not paying contractors or workers the pay they are due, and avoiding it in court cases.
Labor Unions have brought about the following (no special order):
Weekends off for most workers
Paid Sick Leave
Family and Medical Leave
Child Labor Laws
8 Hour Work Day
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Health Care, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Collective Bargaining Rights
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination Laws
Raises in Wages
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act
Equal Pay Act
Civil Rights Laws
Federal Holidays Off
Sadly, less than ten percent of all workers now have the benefits of being members of a labor union, while in the 1960s and 1970s, one out of three workers were labor union members. The Northeast and the Pacific Coast are the areas of most labor unions that are doing well, while so called “right to work” laws keep workers in the South and much of the center of the nation relatively poor by comparison, as we have a new “Gilded Age” of business running rampant over workers, reminding us of the late 19th century.