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Robert Namer
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

          TODAY  IS LABOR DAY.  THE CELEBRATION FOR A DAY IN SUPPORT OF LABOR WAS BEGUN IN THE UNITED STATES  BY THE KNIGHTS OF LABOR WHO, IN 1882 PARADED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.  IN 1884 THE ORGANIZATION ADOPTED A RESOLUTION THAT THE FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED LABOR DAY.  ON JUNE 28, 1894 A BILL PASSED CONGRESS MAKING THE DAY A LEGAL HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE UNION.

     FEW KNOW THAT LABOUR DAY, CELEBRATED IN MAY IN MOST OTHER COUNTRIES  OF THE WORLD, WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED BY TRADE ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIALIST PARTIES IN EUROPE AROUND 1833.  IN 1889, THE FIRST PARIS CONGRESS OF THE SECOND SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL SELECTED THE DAY MAY 1 FOR ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION.  THE UNITED STATES DID NOT PARTICIPATE.  THOUGH THE MOVEMENT WAS ORIGINALLY SOCIALIST INSPIRED AND DIRECTED, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERSHIP TODAY ARE SOCIALISTS.

     TODAY, THE AMERICAN LABOR FORCE IS THE HIGHEST PAID AND LEAST  PRODUCTIVE IN THE WORLD.  IF THIS DOES NOT CHANGE, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE ABROAD. WITH THEM WILL GO THE JOBS.   UNEMPLOYMENT IS ALREADY TOO HIGH, WITH NO RELIEF IN SIGHT.

     THE IRONY IS THAT THERE IS NO BUSINESS DAY.  WORKERS ALREADY GET MANY PAID DAYS OFF FROM  WORK DURING THE YEAR.  WITHOUT ANY BUSINESSES, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR WORKERS.   MAYBE LABOR DAY SHOULD  BE A DAY WHEN WORKERS SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR JOBS  BY WORKING FOR FREE OR DONATING THAT DAYS PAY TO AN UNEMPLOYMENT FUND FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE JOBS.

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