Special Labor Day Message from Secretary Hilda Solis

08/30/2012; Hilda Solis

 Special Labor Day message from U.S. Secretary of Labo, Hilda Solis.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis sends us this. 

Today, I want to extend my warmest wishes to you, the working men and women of America. You remain the beating heart of the greatest middle class in the world. Thank you for your commitment, your talent, your hard work and your service to this country. On behalf of everyone at the Department of Labor, I’m honored to wish all of you a great Labor Day.

Every day, you are creating an America built to last by harvesting our food, building our automobiles, constructing our buildings, providing energy for our homes and caring for our loved ones. Labor Day is our opportunity to honor that work, and that means standing up and speaking out and taking pride in what we do. You show us that each of us makes a profound contribution to our communities and our nation with the work we do; because the work of every person is built on the work of another, we all rely on one another. Work connects us all. Continue reading “Special Labor Day Message from Secretary Hilda Solis”

A Labor Day Message from Local President

A Labor Day Message from Local President

Posted on 28 August 2012 by webmaster

Fellow USW Local 13-2001 Members,

As Labor Day quickly approaches it is imperative that we remember that this day is for the workers.  It is a day of celebration for the strides in which we the labor movement have in fact made our work places safer.  We have also brought equality and fairness onto the shop floor.  Social and economic fairness are also issues that we have made drastic improvements to.  This is a day for Labor.  We should be proud of this.

Before our time in the workforce and before Labor Day was recognized as a national holiday workers toiled in mines and factories for 12 plus hours a day 7 days a week and barely made enough to get by.  These workers also faced work environments where safety was not even a thought.  Children worked these same hours and days and were paid just a fraction of their adult counterpart’s wages.  This is real, this is our history and we should never forget it. Continue reading “A Labor Day Message from Local President”

A Labor Day Message

 A Labor Day Message

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Published as part of the August 29, 2012 edition. Last updated August 29, 2012.

By RICK BLOOMINGDALE
President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

Labor Day is the one holiday on the calendar devoted to honoring and recognizing America’s workers and their families and the value we bring to the prosperity and strength of our nation. That’s pretty much all of us, whether we’re employed or looking for work. And no matter what we do, our work makes the work of others possible. Teachers depend on electricians, who count on steelworkers, who need nurses and engineers, who rely on researchers and bus drivers and flight attendants, who depend upon taxi drivers and child care workers, who need auto workers and traffic cops and firefighters, and so on it goes.

Work connects us all. And together, we are better. Here’s what else connects us: Our vision of an America that values and respects work and the people who do it. Not some of us, all of us. Today we are further from this vision than we have been in many generations. Continue reading “A Labor Day Message”

Happy Labour Day Canada!

Labour Day in Canada
Quick Facts
Labour Day in Canada is a holiday to campaign for workers’ rights. It celebrates the achievements of these rights.
Local names

Name
Language
Labour Day English
La fête du Travail French

Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions or pay. The day is now part of a long weekend for many Canadians. What do people do?

Traditionally, Labour Day was an occasion to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions. These still play a role in Labour Day for some Canadians, but many people see the first Monday in September as an opportunity to take a late summer trip, perhaps to their country cottage, or enjoy the company of family or friends at picnics, fairs, festivals and fireworks displays. For teenagers and other students, the Labour Day weekend is the last chance to celebrate with a party or to go on a trip before school re-opens for the new academic year.

Canadian football fans may spend a large proportion of the weekend watching the Labour Day Classic matches live or on television. The Labour Day Classic consists of three games between high ranking teams in the Canadian Football League. One match is played on the Sunday before Labour Day and two on Labour Day.

Public life

Post offices, many businesses, and many organizations are closed on Labour Day in Canada. Schools and other educational establishments are also closed, as Labour Day falls at the end of the summer holiday period. Many public transport services run to a reduced or “Sunday” service, although others may not run at all. There may be some local disruption to traffic around parades, particularly in Toronto, and some congestion on highways and at airports as people return form late summer vacations or trips.

Background

The origins of Labour Day can be traced back to April 15, 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada’s first significant demonstration for worker’s rights. The aim of the demonstration was to release the 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union who were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day. At this time, trade unions were still illegal and striking was seen as a criminal conspiracy to disrupt trade. In spite of this, the Toronto Trades Assembly was already a significant organization and encouraged workers to form trade unions, mediated in disputes between employers and employees and signaled the mistreatment of workers.

There was enormous public support for the parade and the authorities could no longer deny the important role that the trade unions had to play in the emerging Canadian society. A few months later, a similar parade was organized in Ottawa and passed the house of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John Macdonald. Later in the day, he appeared before the gathering and promised to repeal all Canadian laws against trade unions. This happened in the same year and eventually led to the founding of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1883.

Labour Day was originally celebrated in the spring but it was moved to the fall after 1894. A similar holiday, Labor Day is held on the same day in the United States of America. Canadian trade unions are proud that this holiday was inspired by their efforts to improve workers’ rights. Many countries have a holiday to celebrate workers’ rights on or around May 1.

Labor Day message credits union belt-tightening for putting city’s construction industry back on track

Labor Day message credits union belt-tightening for putting city’s construction industry back on track  

Be Our Guest Richard Roberts, of Steamfitters Local 638, says cooperation jumpstarted building projects, kept union members employed

By Richard Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 4:00 AM
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012, 4:00 AM

Steamfitters official Richard Roberts says collaboration between union and management has resulted in benefits for both.

Steamfitters official Richard Roberts says collaboration between union and management has resulted in benefits for both.

For many working Americans, Labor Day is viewed as an opportunity to visit family and have a day at the beach. But what many don’t realize is that the first Monday in September wasn‘t always a vacation day.

The labor movement has fought for more than a century to ensure that workers have safe working conditions, holidays, sick days and family healthcare protections when needed. The 40-hour work week that most American workers take for granted is the result of years of sacrifice by industrialized workers who came before us.

Now, in 2012, the labor movement is faced with new challenges, especially in light of the lingering economic slowdown. Many argue that the need for unions is past and its workforce costs our economy too much to maintain. I couldn‘t disagree more. Continue reading “Labor Day message credits union belt-tightening for putting city’s construction industry back on track”