Today is Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. I try to ignore the official reason for the holiday, but if you’re interested, here’s a synopsis.
Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.
In the century which followed, unions underwent a transformation from protecting worker’s rights to hoarding political power. Now most union officials are more concerned with making money protesting and agitating than they are with working, while filling their coffers with donations and “voluntary” union dues.
Personally, until we see the return of sweatshops in America, I have little use for unions and their goons.