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Mon Sep 2, 2013, 08:17 AM

Happy Labor Day!

I hope all of my fellow DU's have a great Labor day! That said lets all take a moment to remember all of those who sacrificed their careers, freedom, health and even their very lives fighting for the American Labor movement and the rights we now take for granted. Heroes like those who died from the Pullman labor strike of 1894.

May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

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LostOne4Ever Sep 2013 OP
orpupilofnature57 Sep 2013 #1
LostOne4Ever Sep 2013 #2
orpupilofnature57 Sep 2013 #3
HardTimes99 Sep 2013 #16
Siwsan Sep 2013 #4
life long demo Sep 2013 #7
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #12
orpupilofnature57 Sep 2013 #19
Rebellious Republican Sep 2013 #5
raouldukelives Sep 2013 #6
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #10
Dustlawyer Sep 2013 #8
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #11
AsahinaKimi Sep 2013 #9
valerief Sep 2013 #13
unionthug777 Sep 2013 #14
mountain grammy Sep 2013 #15
AsahinaKimi Sep 2013 #17
Go Vols Sep 2013 #18
LostOne4Ever Sep 2013 #20


Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 08:24 AM

2. Lets not forget any of them!

Wobblies, the Knights of Labor, the AFL, or any group. Lets also not forget the individuals, like Eugene Debs, who helped get us to where we are now!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 08:38 AM

3. +1000 !!!!

 

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:23 AM

16. Let's not forget Karl Marx. "Workers of the world unite!"

 

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 08:39 AM

4. There will be a ceremony to honor the 1936-37 Flint Sit Down Strikers, today

A great and honorable part of Flint Michigan's amazing history.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:21 AM

7. Thanks for the reminder. Found this which DU'ers will find interesting.

"Prior to the strike, workers weren't allowed to take breaks during their 8- or 10-hour shifts. Frequently, they weren't even allowed to get water or go to the bathroom. There was no overtime pay, no sick pay, no vacation pay, no workman's comp, no safety requirements and no medical help (workers would die doing their work and their sacrifice meant nothing to their families). If the assembly line stopped GM wouldn't pay workers for their time, and if they needed to shut down the assembly line for retooling, they'd simply lay off the workers without notice and without pay. During the July prior to the strike, temperatures in Flint reached 100 degrees for a week. Constant pressure to keep the assembly line moving as quickly as possible resulted in hundreds of Flint's auto workers dying."

http://www.silentlandscapes.com/flint-sit-down-strike-memorial

There are many websites on this action, read and remember for the future.

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Response to life long demo (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:14 AM

12. Thank you!

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Response to life long demo (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 04:17 PM

19. +1000 !!!!

 

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:14 AM

5. A K&R from Florida.....

 

AFSCME: 75 Years of History


SOLIDARITY

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:15 AM

6. Why thank you! Ditto!



"As we have said, the bankers are for bullets—for the fool patriots that enlist at paupers' wages to stop the bullets, while the bankers clip coupons, boost food prices, increase dividends, and pile up millions and billions for themselves. Say, Mr. Workingman, suppose you have sense enough to be as patriotic as the banker, but not a bit more so. When you see the bankers on the firing line with guns in their hands ready to stop bullets as well as start them, then it is time enough for you to be seized with the patriotic itch and have yourself shot into a crazy-quilt for their profit and glory. Don't you take a fit and rush to the front until you see them there. They own the country and if they don't set the example of fighting for it, why should you?" - Eugene Debs

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Response to raouldukelives (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:10 AM

10. Wonderful quote!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:28 AM

8. Lets not forget all of the worker victims of corporate greed like all of the men and women killed

by asbestos and silica! Millions died while companies like Owens Corning, Georgia Pacific (Koch), Johns Manville, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, ..., covered up the dangers of making/working with their products.
Companies like BP, who in the last 25 years has killed more people than our most prolific serial killer, not to mention all of the maimed and injured.
Unions are supposed to be the check on corporate power that protects the workers. Like Trial Lawyers, the name "Union" has been demonized. Corporations control the message and don't play fair. They have effectively neutered Unions, even brainwashing many of their members into voting Republican.
Support Unions all you can and have a wonderful Labor Day! Time to start up the pit, later!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:11 AM

11. Right on! Great post!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:36 AM

9. Happy Labor Dayz!!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:17 AM

13. I'm honoring Labor Day by not shopping, even though I want to pick up some things.

People shouldn't have to labor on Labor Day, so I won't support employers who make people work then. (And, of course, emergency services such as hospitals and police are excluded from this.)

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:20 AM

14. happy labor day !!!

from a proud member of the IBEW LU 494 !!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:20 AM

15. Unions make us strong... Something we lost sight of in 1980.

We're almost back to square one, but, if there's one thing union organizers have always known, it's that they face an uphill battle. They deal with it and just keep plugging. Unionizing is a fight worth fighting.

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 12:03 PM

17. Sure glad I don't have to do that anymore!



Happy Labor Day!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 12:13 PM

18. Happy Labor Day to You too

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:00 PM

20. Hope everyone had a great day!

And don't forget about May day next year! Labor goes beyond just our own borders as well!

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