Labor Day: You are on the front lines

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by Don Daley on
Aug 29, 2013

Labor Day is the result of the labor movement, as is the 8 hour work day, minimum wage, social security, the family medical leave act, occupational safety and health, the end of child labor and the creation of public education and support of civil rights. To maintain these wins we all need to be involved and aware and continue to work together to protect our rights as workers. On Labor Day, we celebrate the theory and concept of organized labor, and take a day to reflect on all we have accomplished, and have dialog with family and friends on the challenges we face as working people and ways we can make our work lives better. Enjoy your Labor Day because as dues paying members, you are on the front line when it comes to protecting and preserving what so many before us have fought and sometimes died for. Be proud to be union.

This Labor Day, we as union members pay tribute to the working men and women who work to build a stronger labor movement and a better world. On this special day, take the time to celebrate the optimism and hope that the American labor movement has brought us. Let us continue to discuss ways to invigorate our Local Union. As workers, we must continue the fight to achieve fair wages, safe working conditions, medical insurance, retirement benefits and a voice on at the job. Local 1049's legacy of strength and power will carry us through to a bright future for our members. And it is through that strength and determination that we carry the day when labor and business meet on a level playing field, and create a system of checks and balances to ensure your right to a decent standard of living.

On this Labor Day, let us reflect not on the past, but on how much can be achieved for our sisters and brothers today if we stand together in Solidarity. We must stay focused on the future, and I am looking forward to the work we have ahead of us. On behalf of the Officers, Executive Board and Business Staff of Local 1049, please accept our best wishes for a safe and happy Labor Day holiday. 

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