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Calling Out Mark Obenshain (and the Republicans) on Their ‘Right to...

by April Moore In honor of Labor Day, I would like to share another of the ads I've been running in my campaign against Mark...

Oxfam America’s Labor Day 2019 Rankings: Virginia DEAD LAST – #51...

Notice how we always hear Virginia politicians boasting about how we are the "best state to do business?" At the same time, notice how...

Labor Unions: An Antidote to Income Inequality

by Del. Paul Krizek, Labor Liaison to the Virginia House Democrats The founding principle of American society, written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence,...

Op-ed from Richmond Worker Going on Strike This Labor Day: “Everything...

The following is by Brittney Lee, a Richmond-area fast-food and home care worker in the Fight for $15 campaign. Brittney is a 24 year-old African-American...

Labor Day 2017: North Korea Crisis; #SaveDACA; “Workers need better pay...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Labor Day 2017. North Korea defies predictions — again —...

Video, Transcript: Tim Kaine and Joe Biden Speak in Pittsburgh on...

Today in Pittsburgh, Senator Kaine and Vice President Biden Celebrate Importance of Labor, Denounce Trump's Dangerous Economic Policies Today, vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine introduced...

Saturday News: President Obama Touts Labor Movement, Economic Progress in His...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, September 3. Also check out President Obama's weekly address,...

Great Labor Day Speech by Barack Obama in Milwaukee

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!

We are a union household

Why?  Because we believe in fairness.

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.

Labor Day, Not George Allen’s Cup of Tea?

A fearful reaction to labor unrest is this day, Labor Day. Strategically placed at the opposite end of the summer from the internationally celebrated May Day, so as not to be linked with the Haymarket massacre, it was an effort by the Cleveland administration to quell American domestic labor tension.

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.