I like historic posts when a national holiday comes around. I have written a story about Veteran’s Day and one on Memorial Day. Now I will be tackling Labor Day.
I want to answer the following questions:
Labor Day is essentially a holiday that celebrates the common working man/woman and how they have build the United States. Interestingly, enough, we celebrate this holiday by not working.
The first Labor Day observance law was passed on February 21, 1887 in Oregon. By 1894 30 other states followed suit, and on June 28th of that year, congress passed an act making the first Monday of every September a legal holiday.
We can thank the Central Labor Union for Labor Day, since the very first one was observed by them on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York. Now, the unions actually do more harm than good in my opinion, one that will make me less popular, by keeping wages inflated and work ethics lower. I am not saying that most union members are lazy, I am saying that lazy people are allowed to be so in a union workplace. This is just a portion of what is contributing to the problem of the country, but is important to point out. Laziness is just one more part of why this country is suffering, along with weakness (mind and body), and a drop in morality. Labor unions also use their power to incentivise higher taxes and strong-arm those that don’t join the unions.
When I pay more in taxes, than it costs me for food, clothing, and shelter every single month, and our government still can’t pay the bills. All we need is for unions that support the Davis-Bacon Act to assist in raising construction costs. I am not a fan of union politics. I equate it to a quasi-legal mafia organization. Any good that a union does is for 10% of the workforce, and the other 90% is getting crapped on to cover the bill for the other 10% by reduced wages and more. The 10% are the union workers, and the 90% is the non-union workers that are over-saturated in their field, dropping wages.
And we can thank the deaths of many workers for the national observance of the holiday. The workers were killed at the hands of the U.S. Military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike. After this, Grover Cleveland made labor movement reconciliation a top political priority. The Labor Day holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed in six days after the end of the strike, because they were afraid that it would happen again. They forced the hands of the state, out of fear, to acknowledge Labor Day.
We need our children to know that Labor Day is not a day of pride in the ability to work, but a day used as a peace treaty with a bunch of ticked off workers that were left after the massacre of unarmed workers.
We work because we have to, but if you are a survivalist, you are getting ready for a day in which all of that falls through anyways. We prepare for a time that we have not, so we don’t have to take other people’s crap just because they give us a paycheck. Now we are free to run a business, or work in an occupation that we actually enjoy.
The 8-hour work day, 40-hour work week, child labor laws, pay for overtime, and safe working conditions were all a result of sweat and blood of men that stand up for fair treatment from the corporate world, police, and hired union thugs. I am not calling for action over a Labor Day holiday. I am just telling you to learn the real history behind things, and understand how our neo-fascist government policies are passed and work, and how corporations and unions are a part of the policies.
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