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The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor – Thomas Donahue September 6, 2010

Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics.
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I would like to proudly say that I have never crossed a picket line but three of my friends would know that’s a big fat lie.  Does it count if I was out of town while guiltily crossing the picket line?  Here’s the story in a nutshell.  We were on a fun holiday to Chicago.  I had no idea the hotel I booked us into was on strike. I gasped when I saw the picket line.  What to do? What to do? Luckily I found a side door that I could sneak in and out of each time we entered and left the hotel but it was extremely unpleasant for me (my pals got a good laugh out of my discomfort).  So, in conclusion, I will proudly say that other than those four days in Chicago, I have never crossed a picket line.

‘The first Labor Day in the US 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 US military and US 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 (can you imagine anything unanimous in Congress today?) and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

David Letterman said “Labor Day is the one day of the year where we honor our work force.  Do we still have a workforce? Today we go out and buy a lot of products Made in China.  That’s how we celebrate Labor Day”.

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1. mhasegawa - September 6, 2010

I’m with you. I don’t think I’ve knowingly crossed a picket line. Don’t think there are too many of us around.


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