If you are enjoying a day off today, thank organized labor unions. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday following a bloody riot that ensued when striking Pullman workers were accosted by the U.S. Marshalls and the U.S. Military. Several workers were killed during the riot. That number doesn’t come close to how many workers, including children, who died because of abuse and neglect by their employers who put profit ahead of people.
Whether or not you are a union member, if you love unions or hate them, many of the laws that protect you at work and ensure that you have safe working conditions, health care benefits, and a reasonable working wage, have their roots in organized labor.
To all hard working folks, union or not, go have a great day. Throw something on the grill, put your feet up, pick your fantasy football team, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.