Happy Labor Day!Posted: September 6, 2010
This from Wikipedia:
The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation’s first integrated major trade union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority….
Given the holiday’s obvious “pro union” roots, I’m surprised that members of management, political conservatives, Tea Party Activists, Ayn Rand anti-collectivists, Communist Conspiracy Theorists and Ann Coulter (who described herself as the ‘proud daughter of a Union-busting lawyer’) can bring themselves to celebrate the holiday by going to barbecues or furniture sales. Shouldn’t the anti-union folks be trying to spit in the eye of organized labor by going out on ‘Labor Day’ and getting their hands dirty by digging ditches or doing assembly line work?