Being the first day of a holiday weekend, I was kind of stuck on what to write about. Yes, we could talk about a lot of things concerning the election, like the founder of Latinos for Trump saying yesterday that something needs to be done or we will “have taco trucks on every corner”.
Or, we could talk about Trump’s Foundation being fined by the SEC for illegally giving a donation to the Florida General Attorney just before she announced her state would not be involved in the Trump U. law suits.
But, this is the last holiday weekend of the summer. It is also an important holiday weekend for everyone who works for a living, especially the “laborers”.
Many people today really don’t know what Labor Day is all about. Labor Day was established to honor the social and economic achievements of American Workers. It was pushed for by the labor unions.
This holiday is important. It should remind us that we, the American Workers are the people that created this nation. It should remind us that we, the American Workers have “built” every business and corporation in the country.
American Workers made more money, helped create safe work environments, and better production all the while unions were at their strongest. Unions gave the American Workers a voice at the table. Unions fought for higher pay when companies experienced great profits.
Unions did not try to “break the company” they only wanted a fair share of those profits for the people who created the products, did the work selling, and made the company profitable.
There has been talk about the “income inequality” in our country and around the world for that matter. This income inequality began to gain steam when unions came under attack. When so-called “right to work” laws started passing state legislatures.
Since then, membership in unions has declined. The power of the American Workers to gain their share of the profits declined. Today, the number of union membership has been reduced drastically.
This decline is what caused the growth of income inequality. This union decline resulted in the stagnation of pay for the middle-class. And this is why companies are allowed to move their operations overseas so easily.
Without a voice at the table, and without any political power that unions gave workers, bills and laws and free trade agreements have passed that have killed American industrial capacity.
I am sorry to say this, but the Republican Party is the main culprit in the decline of unions. They are the party that wanted to decrease union power and stop the idea that companies needed to share their profits with the very people who made those profits possible.
This election is not just about who is going to be our next President. This election is also about which party is going to have the power to really help the American Workers at the state, county, and local levels.
Unions made the middle-class possible for everyone. They protected worker’s rights and pay. They sat at the bargaining table to get workers things like higher pay, pensions, health benefits, and safety on the job.
With unions decline, we have seen the results. Middle-class pay has stagnated all the while profits have increased. We have seen jobs lost overseas because it is way too easy to ship them out. We have seen benefits being lost company after company.
Before you jump and blame the Affordable Care Act for this decline in health benefits offered by companies, this was happening long before the act was even talked about. This decline in health care benefits has been going on for at least 12 years.
Even if you did not work in a union job, unions improved your pay, benefits, and workplace safety. If the unions were given these benefits, companies had to give them to everyone else.
Labor unions are a necessary component of our economic system if we really want to keep our middle-class. Unions are necessary to keep the growth of income inequality in check. No one says that stock holders and owners don’t deserve to get rich. But, they don’t deserve to get rich while tossing out nothing to the people making them rich.
As you celebrate Labor Day Weekend remember it is the Labor part of the holiday that made it possible. It is the Labor part that gave rise to our middle-class. It is the Labor part that “built” that company.
Therefore, it is also the Labor part that deserves a fair share of the profits they earn for their companies. It is the Labor part that you need to remember when you go to the polls and cast your ballot.
It is also the Labor part that reminds us which party has been anti-Labor for over 40 years. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had people in Congress, state legislatures, and city councils that actually believed in the Labor part?
When you stand in the voting booth ask yourself one question. If the Republican Party is really interested in the Labor part, why does our economy and Labor do better under Democratic administrations?
It is the Labor part that this election is all about, All the way up and down the ticket.