May Day: Our Fight Continues

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Here is a look at the origins of May Day; it shows just how far we've come in the struggle for rights and respect on the job. Unfortunately, it seems many are forgetting that many hard-working Americans fought and died for the rights we enjoy today. If we continue to be complacent in the war on workers, we might soon be facing the same conditions are brothers and sisters bled to free us from.  

May Day Explained: An Overlooked Milestone in the Fight for Workers’ Rights - KQED

Labor unrest is spreading around the world. Workers are getting tired of facing unsafe working conditions, having their wages stolen, and getting no respect on the job. "Laborers in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Turkey and other countries marched and chanted en masse Wednesday. They sounded complaints about being squeezed by big business amid the surging cost of living."

May Day Rally Unites Thousands Of Low-Paid Workers Worldwide - Huffington Post  

"The relative obscurity of the annual May 1 International Workers’ Day celebration in the United States is perhaps emblematic of just how marginal working class concerns have become to the country’s political order... For working America, the trend over the last few decades has been towards lower wages, fewer workplace rights, and diminished voice in the public sphere." The only way we will change this is by standing in solidarity with the working class around the glove and demand that action be taken. 

American job prospects make for dim May Day celebration - MSNBC

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