Tag: Labor Day
Great speech, great speech by Barack Obama for Labor Day. Here's an excerpt.
It was working men and women who made the 20th century the American century. It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. (Applause.) The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. (Applause.)For more, see after the "flip." Thanks, and happy Labor Day!
Not only for ourselves, but for all who work.
Because we believe in the dignity of work.
Because we both understand something about history, including economic history.
She is Harvard, Junior Phi Beta Kappa, Marshall Scholar, M. Litt. from Oxford, Ph.D. from George Washington.
I am BA from Haverford, two masters degrees, ABD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.
We both work with our minds.
She is on her local's negotiating team.
I am my building's union representative.
Had we any doubt, two pieces in today's Washington Post might help convince us.
Today, Labor Day is celebrated by most as the "official" end of the summer without a clue as to the origins. Speeches and political demonstrations are more subdued than the May Day celebrations in other countries, but unions often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office. Interestingly,
Senator Webb kicks off the day in Buena Vista at a Democratic breakfast; a hopeful sign for those wondering if he will seek a second term; he won't make the parade because he's off to support Congressman Perriello in other venues.
George Allen, the Republican pretender, does not seem to have an engagement for the day; or he's reluctant to announce it. Maybe he'll be on horseback at the Buena Vista Labor Day parade. Or, maybe he is spending the day rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic. I anxiously anticipate his celebration of the origin of Labor Day.