Labor Day history

A bit more on Labor Day and history, from this site and others:

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Song music cover, "Look for the union label," 1900s

Union Label poster from the AF of L, early 1900s. Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University. Copyright Labor Arts Inc. (here under Fair Use for education)

7 Responses to Labor Day history

  1. […] “Labor Day History,” MFB, September 6, 2010 (a list of sources on the history of Labor D… […]


  2. […] posted the following to left-wing talking-head Ed Darrell’s site in observance of Labor Day: Organized labor is […]


  3. Ellie says:

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
    Alive as you and me.
    Says I but Joe, you’re 10 years dead.
    I never died says he.
    I never died says he.

    They say in Harlan County
    There are no neutrals there.
    So will you be a Union man
    Or a thug for J. H. Blair?

    I don’t want your millions Mister,
    I don’t want your diamond ring.
    All I want is the right to live, Mister,
    Give me back my job again.

    The boss, he says, “I pay you as a lady;
    You only got the job ’cause I can’t afford a man.
    With you I keep the profits high as maybe,
    You’re just a cheaper pair of hands.”

    You will eat by and by,
    In that beautiful land above the sky.
    Work and pray, live on hay.
    You’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

    Thinking of my late Father-in-law and how he enjoyed it when I sang the old Union songs for him. He was a good guy, and I miss him.

    This is the first Labor Day in years that I’m not laboring — not my choice — no job.


  4. Organized labor is the snake that offered an apple to the labor movement. At first it seemed like a no-brainer: Use your numbers for “collective bargaining” and put an end to the “intolerable working conditions.”

    Where the organized labor movement took on the trajectory of your average lawn dart, was with the organization — this unstated, but central, refrain of “You have an absolute right to work for your living if your name is on our membership rolls, and you don’t if it isn’t.”

    Because of that, “union” has become something of a dirty word. And this is not entirely undeserved. The mob connections, the kneecap-busting of “scab” replacements…and worst of all, the dollars donated toward electing democrats.


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