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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Thank a Union Member for the Good Life You Have
Join Your Friends and
Neighbors in the Labor Day Parade
On Monday September 3, Americans will observe the 131st
Labor Day celebration. The Allegheny County Labor Council will host its 31st
consecutive parade downtown.
Pittsburgh’s parade is one of the largest Labor Day events
in the United States, with nearly 200 groups and 80,000 people participating.
Everything good about your standard of living came to you through the organized
labor movement. First celebrated by the Knights of Labor in 1882, Congress
proclaimed a national holiday in 1894.
Labor unions brought benefits to every working person in
America, whether they belonged to a union or not. They are primarily
responsible for establishing the middle class. We take these things for
granted, but none of them existed before the rise of the unions.
Unions created the day to honor the contributions of all
workers – union and nonunion – to our economic and social life. It’s especially
important now when corporatists and political thugs are attacking American
workers like never before. Do you REALLY
believe that teachers caused the Wall Street crash in 2008? Really? Do you REALLY believe that abolishing unions
will fix everything that’s wrong with the economy? Really?
Today, our unions are still fighting for our families while the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Republican Party, and others are trying to
destroy them. They’re not only trying to destroy unions. They’re
coming for you next. Unions made our lifestyle possible. If you want to
keep it, then support our unions.