I do want to wish a most happy Labor Day 2020 to all of you who work for a paycheck.
I’m happy to say that I’m in that proud group of people and I always look forward to this day as it comes around each year. I’m a proud member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and have been a Teamster as well.
The UFCW represents workers in retail, breweries and restaurants. Folks in the budding cannabis industry, too. The UFCW also rep’s many of the workers in the meat packing plants that were on the front lines when COVID-19 was devastating that industry back in the Spring.
It’s a very good thing, indeed, to be represented by a union and bargain collectively.
If you’d like to brush up on your history of this auspicious day, just follow this link.
Working folks, thanks for all you do. I wish all of you a happy–and relaxed–Labor Day.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
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Monday, Sept 4, 2017
Ben writes: Let me wish all of you who work for a paycheck a happy–and very easy–Labor Day. Don’t forget that we stand on the shoulders of workers who fought–and sometimes died–to give us things like safe working conditions, a 40 hour work week and overtime pay. Our struggle is not over by any means. But for today–just take it easy!
We’ll be back at work soon enough. Working for our wages, but for other things, too; at the top of that list is respect. A living wage would be nice. A little gratitude, a little recognition, and little respect. These things are not too much to ask.
Accept the thanks of one worker to another. We do great things, don’t we? Yeah, we’re the ones who keep the wheels turning and the lights on and folks fed. And starting tomorrow, we get back to work. But for right now, take it easy and reflect on why there’s a day for workers like us.
Labor Day became a national holiday after a bloody strike by railroad workers in Chicago.
Source: What is Labor Day and Why Do Americans Celebrate It?