Why Do Americans Celebrate Labor Day?

By Mustang

Even though the seed to recognize “Labor Day” was only first planted in 1882, the history of this holiday is already mired in myth and controversy.  The descendants of two men with similar last names argue that it was their great-grandfather who came up with the idea.

United States stamp: Labor Day“United States stamp: Labor Day” by karen horton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One story is that at an assembly of the Knights of Labor (KOL) in New York City, Matthew Maguire urged the establishment of a national holiday to recognize the contributions of men whose labor made American industries successful.

The second claim is that Peter J. McGuire, a vice president for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) made the proposal after viewing a similar celebration in Toronto, Canada.  Both accounts took place in 1882.  Both men thought that a day set aside between Independence Day and Thanksgiving would be an ideal time to have such an event.

Now if true, then both men were clever enough to avoid celebrating Labor Day on 1 May, since “May Day” was the date chosen by European socialists and communists of the Second International to celebrate International Worker’s Day — joined, of course, by anarchists, fascists, and labor activists seeking recognition.

In fairness, neither Matthew, Peter, nor any European labor activist could have imagined the long-term effects of Marxism in 1882.  On paper, the ideologies proposed by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels does seem enlightened; in its application, however, Marxism became an entirely different animal.

In any case, the notion of setting aside one day out of the year to recognize the contributions of American labor seemed innocuous and who doesn’t want a day off from work with pay, a parade, a picnic — even if you have to listen to men give political speeches?

So, the labor unions had their first parade in the United States on 5 September 1882 and a good time was had by all.   Interest in Labor Day spread across the United States.  In 1887, Oregon became the first state to designate Labor Day as an official holiday, and by 1894, thirty additional states made similar pronouncements.  In 1894, Congress passed a bill designating Labor Day as a federal holiday on the first Monday in September.  The bill became law over the signature of President Grover Cleveland (Democrat) on 28 June.  Of course, the law only applied to federal employees, so when other states failed to recognize Labor Day, unions began organizing strikes and work stoppages on that day.

In 1909, the AFL convention earmarked the Sunday preceding Labor Day as “Labor Sunday.”  The AFL wanted to dedicate a day to the spiritual and educational aspects of the American labor movement.  Labor Sunday never quite caught on, however.  Most people in 1909 didn’t appreciate having their religion politicized.

Today, Labor Day marks the official end of summer and the official start of football season, where young men who earn a skillion dollars a day playing a game begin “taking a knee” in protest of their unhappy circumstances in America as black people.

Every American likes having a long weekend, but not every American appreciates celebrating communism — particularly given the direction of the US government since the presidency of Barack Obama.  Culturalist Matt Barber (an attorney and blogger at BarbWire.com) reminded us about the relationship between Marxism/Socialism and Labor Day in 2016:

“How about some Commie ketchup on that burger?  It’s extra red.  A little Marxist mustard for your dog?  What about a pinch of socialist sauerkraut on the bubbling bratwurst?

“I know, I’m a killjoy, and, call me a hypocrite, but I’m grilling out Monday anyway.  Still, fellas, while you’re sweating over that sizzling Weber this three-day weekend, just be sure to tip a stein to old Karl [Marx], Vladimir [Lenin], and Josef [Stalin].  Without those genocidal schmendricks, you’d be stuck in your cubical Monday, just like every other day, playing Candy Crush and checking fantasy football […]

“Actually … hard work has nothing to do with it.  Labor Day is about “labor,” and “labor,” since the 19th century at least, has been, and yet remains, one of the primary “progressive” euphemisms exploited by leftists (aka, Democrats) to further the redistributionist goals of the global socialist movement.”

Wow.  And I thought I was a hard ass.  But, he does have a point.  I’m certainly not advocating that we curtail a long weekend … only that we stop to consider what the US government has contrived to do to laborers in this country.  We no longer produce anything in America.  Most of our industrial laborers are now involved in manicuring the lawns of wealthy bankers or opening car washes where you end up doing most of the work yourself.  With people on your side like the Congress, who needs enemies?

In any case, Mr. Barber concluded with:

“And so, as we enjoy friends, family, food, and fun this extended Labor Day weekend, let’s heed the advice of Marxist.com and remember that this particular holiday — this workers’ paradise for a day — was ‘conceived of and celebrated by socialists and militants within the labor movement.’

“A socialist movement, mind you, that thrives from within the freest nation on earth (for now at least) — a nation made great, in large part, by the very capitalism unions, and the Democrats they fund, so hate, and desperately seek to destroy.”

Something to remember and think about.  While the United States sent its young men and women into harm’s way to fight communism (1950-1975), while young Americans were dying from communist bullets and shrapnel, as mothers and wives cried, Americans back home were celebrating communism and socialism on the first Monday of September.  It’s hard to imagine that our nation could be so obtuse.

Sources:

  1. A&E Television, history online.
  2. Green, J.  Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America. Random House, 2007.
  3. “Labor Daze — Pride, Chaos, and Kegs on Labor’s First Day,” US Department of Labor, online.
  4. Barber, M.  Labor Day Celebrates Marxism.  Christian Post, 5 Sep 2016 online.

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Unions get a nasty lesson with Biden – Ford moves to Mexico

One wonders how much longer it will take for the unions get the hang of it that globalism comes first before their jobs. The good news is that their pensions have been bailed out with billions coming their way. For the regular guy still toiling in the fields the jobs of the day will sail off abroad as previously before Trump put the hammer down. Add the tax increases coming, there simply no reason for companies to remain in the USA.

America’s labor unions keep learning the hard way that a vote for a Democrat politician is often a vote for job-killing policies.

Flashback to April 2019, when the 400,000-strong United Auto Workers union proudly endorsed then-Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Now?

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem in a letter to members Friday said [Ford] told the union it was relocating manufacturing of a next-generation vehicle to Mexico without a clear explanation,” The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Mr. Kariem said in making this move, Ford is failing to live up to a commitment it made to the factory during the last round of contract talks. A copy of the letter was provided to The Wall Street Journal Wednesday,” the outlet reported.

Manufacturing of the vehicle had originally been slated to occur at an Ohio Ford plant. But in a letter to employees, the plant’s manager reportedly said “conditions have changed since the last UAW contract was negotiated,” according to the Journal.

While he didn’t specify the conditions, one obvious change is the switch in presidents. In fact, the announcement from Ford came only days after reports emerged that Biden is planning to spike taxes to pay off his exorbitant spending.

“While it’s been increasingly clear that tax hikes will be a component — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said at least part of the next bill will have to be paid for, and pointed to higher rates — key advisers are now making preparations for a package of measures that could include an increase in both the corporate tax rate and the individual.

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House passes Union Pension fund bailout – Dems eye Union heavy States

 

The House bill that just passed ensures that certain Union pension funds have no fear of going broke. Simply get a loan for their badly managed funds and you and me in the name of the government will simply dump our cash into their hopper. May I ask how much better off will these pension funds be in paying off the loans? I suggest this will simply be Billions of buckeroos reimbursed for very bad management and corruption. What incentive is there for better management? Where was the State supervision of these funds? A “Loan?” How stupid do they think we are?

The operative quote:

“For the first time ever, taxpayers will prop up failing, mismanaged union-run pension plans,” Foxx said during debate. “We’re giving failed union pensions a blank check. What a deal.”

 

Even better, the Dems are smart enough to know this will appeal to the key State voters in the Mid-West that Trump needs to win. First the set up:

The Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (Division O of Pub.L. 113–235) is a federal law that was enacted in the United States on December 16, 2014, with the goal of allowing certain American pension plans that have insufficient funds, and thus are at risk of insolvency, to reduce the benefits they owe.

The House on Wednesday night passed legislation to bolster failing pension funds, an issue that Democrats are hoping will help win over voters in the Midwest’s union-heavy states during the 2020 presidential election.

The bill would bail out multiple-employer pension plans that are on the verge of collapse. The measure would help pension plans sponsored by several employers and managed by a collective bargaining agreement by giving loans to insolvent plans so they can continue to distribute the promised retirement benefits. The legislation passed 264 to 169, with bipartisan support.

The bill, which would aid truck drivers, iron welders, construction workers and employees in other industries, helps bolster Democrats’ case as they look to win back Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — states Trump won in 2016 — in 2020.

“You need those areas to win the presidency,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic political consultant. “There is a cloud of uncertainty hanging over ­blue-collar, noneducated workers in those states. They are worried about the cost of health care, pensions and economic security.”

Washington Post

Here is what the Detroit News has to say:

Washington — The Democratic-controlled House late Wednesday approved a bill to help an estimated 45,000 current and retired Teamsters union members in Michigan avoid pension cuts related to the distressed Central States Pension Plan.

Financial problems have left the plan severely underfunded and could force cuts in payments to hundreds of thousands of retirees nationwide who paid into the system over their careers.

Republican leaders said the bill was fiscally irresponsible and that the poor financial situation of multiemployer pension plans is the result of “union and employer negligence,” as California Rep. Virginia Foxx argued Wednesday.

“For the first time ever, taxpayers will prop up failing, mismanaged union-run pension plans,” Foxx said during debate. “We’re giving failed union pensions a blank check. What a deal.”

Detroit News

There is a similar bill in the Senate which has been reported would need to be compromised with the House Bill.

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Clinton’s TTP Emails will not be released until after the election

Classic Clinton. She was for the trade agreement before she was against it. And in case we might know that in fact her against statement is another one of her Bosnia moments of “forget the reality”, the administration will be happy to play along and not give out any information that might be floating around on her machinations until after the election. Let’s just put this post down as “for the record.” Her tis;

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner defended the agency’s decision to not release Hillary Clinton’s emails about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement until after the presidential election on Tuesday.

Toner’s defense came after a Freedom of Information Act request by David Sirota, a reporter at the International Business Times, for emails from Clinton and her staff that pertained to the controversial trade deal. The State Department responded to Sirota with an estimate that his request would be fulfilled around November 31, 2016—a date that does not exist.

“I understand that this is a rather large request involving large amounts of email that would have to be gone through and looked at, but is it really the case that it would take until almost December?” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked Toner.

Have a dead pet? Unions demand bereavement time off

Other than killing who knows how many Veterans at unionized VA Hospitals, unions carry on. Having worked at a unionized Hospital I can tell you that this demand is nothing unusual. Of course, no one gets fired as a union worker, so it is Katy bar the door. One wrong statement to a union worker ends up in days of protracted legal wrangling. There, I said it.

Called stretching my angst against unions.

Via Herald Sun:

BEREAVEMENT leave on the death of pets is among outrageous union demands mining bosses say are putting jobs at risk.

Mining giant Rio Tinto says unions are using unreasonable claims to drag out negotiations on employment deals at its mines, costing the resources industry time and money.

Rio Tinto Australia managing director Phil Edmands said other ambit claims put to the company include complaints that seats in portable huts used for meal breaks at mines do not have cushions and calls for an extra 7½ days’ annual holidays.

Keep reading…

HT: Moonbattery

Unions require photo I.D. to vote in their elections

I snagged this from Doug Ross. A picture is worth a thousand words, indeed.

[Via] John Romano at “Yes, But, However!” at the link. He asks the perplexing question of why do Democrats so fear voter ID? Apparently even unions don’t see the requirement of a photo ID as too burdensome.

“A picture is worth a thousand words. According to OpenSecrets.org unions belonging to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have donated over $26 million to Democratic candidates and causes since 1990. During that same period, the union gave a paltry $272,311 to the Republican Party.

As you’ll note in the photo below the union requires its own members to produce a photo ID in order to vote. The photo shows a union worker voting earlier today on whether to sanction a new four-year contract with Boeing, clearly the union understands the need for a picture ID in order to help guarantee a clean election:

In America, one needs an ID to vote in a union election, buy liquor, drive a car, board an airplane, use a credit card and a slew of other things in our society. Yet, the Democratic party refuses to back the idea of requiring an ID to vote in state and federal elections under any circumstances. A sensible voter ID law that respects the rights of the poor, elderly, and minorities is a great idea. What are Democrats afraid of? You connect the dots. More at Doug Ross

Nice going. Answers the question. Yet how much longer are we going to keep up this charade? I guess until Zero gets through the next election.

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Tea Party folks now Barbarians

Biden: “You Are The Only Folks Keeping The Barbarians From the Gates”

After taking a few days off from this blogging thing, and hoping to get rejuvenated for the big push coming up, I neglected to turn off the T.V. Zero kept popping up, here there and everywhere, in his big airplane. Labor Day was particularly disgusting. Of course, the Marxists would be out making hay of the day, and I expected the rhetoric to pick up. We seem to have come to a new low. My one hope is that good thinking rational people will prevail and tire of the attempt at ginning others up. So what will it be, Rule 6 or Rule 7?  My hunch? It will be the Chicago way. Especially if it looks like they might lose. As their master Alinsky said:

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

So, not only are we sons of bitches, we’re barbarians. Like Hoffa, Jr., Biden also uses the word “fight.” Several times, in fact. He also says “onslaught,” “attack,” “assault,” and “war.”

I can’t say that I like the New Tone. It does sound like tough-guy cheerleading, as Allahpundit says, but there are bound to be a few  out there who will take this as a call to violence, especially given the long history of union-sponsored violence. Let’s hope not, though. H/T: Ace fo Spades

Economic Rationality

The National Labor Relations Board is seeking a court order that in effect would require Boeing Co. to move its second 787 assembly line to Washington state.  The federal agency is alleging in a lawsuit that Boeing engaged in unfair labor practices when it decided to build a new $750 million plant at Charleston International Airport rather than assigning the work to its existing unionized 787 factory in Everett, Wash.

So what?  So what if Boeing wants to move to an area where it doesn’t have to put up with strikes every three years that cost the company money? And now the federal government is going to tell them where they can open shop?

Well written description of the whole mess here:

NLRB’s Boeing attack is a strike against economic reality

This is the perfect example of government intervention and the implications so well described in “Atlas Shrugged”.

Obama’s Wisconsin Strategy? The Chicago Way?

This is a disturbing find. It is amazing. You do not like the results of the election last November? Then simply vote them out the next election. The reports regarding the Wisconsin issue fail to focus that the Democrats are acting like a third tier Banana Republic. Negotiate, Negotiate.. We had an election.. we had a result.. now are we to have Democratic Nullification? Remember– Elections have consequences, You lost.

H/T: and more can be found at: From Your Daddy’s Politics

An add found on Craigslist.org calls for Union Swine to bloody the Tea Partiers in the Madison counter protest today. It also refers to assisting with the Egyptian revolution that recently took place. Click to enlarge.

Alliance of Youth Movements and Feature Story on Glenn Beck

Douglas Stewart has done amazing work on the Egyptian uprising, as well as Google and  our governments  involvement. I have used many of his resources for our Egyptian Postings.

Ameristroika is on our blogroll.. do visit his site. Glenn Beck’s Google story he did yesterday on T.V. as well as radio, February 14, was from his stuff. So a big hat tip. Here is a cross posting from his site.

By Douglas Stewart

Yesterday on the Glenn Beck radio show Glenn began to address the State Department link to Google employees and the Alliance for Youth Movements. He recapped this as well on his T.V. Show.

In the segment following the interview with Zuhdi Jasser Glenn cites those investigating the issue. He mentions by name Ameristroika founder and Director Douglas Stewart and reads the Intro to Stewart’s “Google Egypt” Series that started here.

The Full series has been taken over to Associated Content and to date Three (3) parts are currently available. Please read and stay up to date.

The Intro: State Department Interviews Reveal Potential Egyptian Bombshell (featured  and read on Glenn Beck radio program 2/14/2011)

Google Egypt: Ghonim Not the only One-The Other Google Employees

Google Egypt 2: Delete Everything and Transition-The Revolution is now Centralized

Just added: Video can be found at: Ameristroika Update

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