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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM
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Nothing to Celebrate: This Labor Day, Don't Party, Organize and Raise Hell!
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Nothing-to-Celebrate-T...

This faux "workers' holiday" on Monday is not a day for celebrating for American workers.

The official unemployment rate, just released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed unemployment in July to be 9.1%, which is exactly the same as the rate was in June, and which is an increase from the months in the spring. But that's not even the real picture.

Worse than the official number of unemployed is the BLS's official number of unemployed taken together with those who are part-time employed, usually in marginal low-paid jobs, but who want to work full-time. That figure hit 16.2% in July. Things are likely to get worse, though, because the BLS also reported at the same time that in August, no net new jobs were added in the U.S. -- the first time the new jobs figure was zero since 1945.

But even that is only part of the story of the miserable economic situation facing American workers. The BLS doesn't even count people who have stopped trying to find a job because they've tried for so long unsuccessfully that they have realized the effort is pointless. Many of these are people who are now staying home, perhaps helping to raise children. Many others have decided to retire earlier than planned (and earlier than they can afford to). Adding these people to the mix raises the unemployed rate to 17.7%

More at the link --
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:55 AM
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1. Given that Labor Day was instituted to celebrate political/social victories of the working class...
one might argue that discontinuing the holiday is the symbolically correct thing to do, seeing as how all those victories are being systematically dismantled.

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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:55 AM
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2. Labor Day Officially Moved to China: First U.S. Holiday to be Outsourced
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

satire, of course, and I am sure not something our outsourced factory workers would be allowed to celebrate.

Mobilize the people, Mr. President. We got nothin left. And the repubs are surely not a viable alternative any more.
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