Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
How far we’ve come. We’ve come so far BACKWARD since 2000 that I can no longer see much less dream of where we were.
U.S. versus Them: (a nowhere nearly complete comparison) Source
In the U.S. less than 15% of the workforce belong to unions.
- Until recently The legal minimum wage was a scandalous $5.15 per hour
- 21.5% of all children live in poverty
- The U.S. has the highest per capita health care costs of any country but is far from the top in longevity
- Over 40 million people have no health insurance what-so-ever
- The typical worker gets only 12 days vacation
- 11 holidays
- 7 sick days
- wages have been stagnant since 2000
In Denmark and Sweden 96% of the workers belong to unions
- Everyone is provided fairly easy access to high-quality healthcare.
- There are virtually no visible poor.
- In Sweden only 2.7% of all children live in poverty.
In France 28% of the workforce belong to unions.
- Only 6.5% of their children live in poverty
- Everyone has healthcare
- The French typically get 25 vacation days.
- 10 holidays
- 19 sick days
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves the much higher compensation.”
A Nationwide Holiday according to the U. S. Department of Labor
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
How far we’ve come.