Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.
The bottom line is that organized labor has always had an influence on the political process. Obozo is headed to Milwaukee to address Union workers today. Past Presidents have also courted the Union vote, and it has paid off for both the politicians and the Unions.
Politicians gain large voting blocks when the Unions endorse them. Union support of politicians hasn’t paid off big until recently when Healthcare legislation passed (favors Unions above the rest of the population), and the recent restructuring of GM & Chrysler (places on those companies Boards & favorable bankruptcy settlements).
I already know that many of my former UAW brothers and sisters may not like what I write here, but they certainly don’t complain about the benefits. These same people also know that it isn’t right that Unions court the politicians and get what amount to sweetheart deals. But at the same time, these are the same people that complain about similar sweetheart deals given to various businesses and their leaders. In many respects, I’m happy to be out of the UAW and the hypocrisy.
I certainly don’t have all the answers to the questions, but I do have a sense of what is right. The deals that our government give the Unions and big business is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind for our country. Indeed, they were men of principle, who felt that the People as a whole should be involved with their government. Instead, special interest groups have the ears of the politicians, not the People.
Regardless, I hope that everyone enjoys their holiday weekend before heading back to the grind.