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What is Labor Day and Why is it Celebrated?
What are all the questions about Labor Day that need to be answered?:
- What is Labor Day?
- What is the history of Labor Day?
- When is Labor Day? or What is Labor Day’s date?
- What is the labor union’s involvement in the history of labor day?
What is Labor Day?
- Holiday said to celebrate the common working man or woman and how they have built the United States.
- People take the day off for this, ironically enough.
What is the history of Labor Day?
- First Labor Day Observance law passed Feb 21, 1887 in Oregon.
- 30 states have followed suit by 1894.
- June 28th congress passed an act that the first Monday in September will be the holiday.
What is the labor union’s involvement in the history of labor day?
- Labor Day is lined with the blood of many workers that died at the hands of tyranny.
- Pullman Strike:
- “Civil Conflict” between American Railway Union and Railroad workers against Pullman Company, General Managers’ Association, The U.S. Army,
- During the panic of 1893, Pullman Palace Car Company cut wages
- George Pullman refused to lower rent for workers at same time
- Many of the workers joined the American Railway Union
- Response from General Manager’s Association was to hire black people (explain racism of the time) adding racial tension
- In 1984 , after a peaceful rally for the strike, workers set fire to buildings and derailed a loco, and lots of sympathy strikers began striking across the western states
- The federal government, under Grover Cleveland, had to get involved and an injunction was obtained barring union leaders from supporting the strike.
- The American Railway Union ignored, so troops were called to enforce the injunction.
- When a general Union Strike was called by Eugene Debs, president of the American Railway Union, but the other Unions opposed it.
- Thousands of U.S. Marshals and 12000 U.S. Army troops were sent to stop the strike, because they wanted the mail running again.
- When you send troops and wage war on angry people, they get more angry and try to fight back!
- 30 Workers were killed and 57 wounded at the hands of the us military and us marshals
- What did the media, have to say?:
- Of course they sided with government and ran smear campaigns against the boycotters
- At the end of the strike:
- Debs was arrested, and got six months in prison
- When this happened Grover Cleveland had to stop the potential riots, so congress quickly and unanimously signed within six days of the end of the strike.
- They didn’t want more strikes popping up.
- After the fact, A national commission was appointed to investigate the strike, and found Pullman’s party and the operations of his town to blame for the strike.
- They annexed his town to Chicago.
What Labor Day is Not
- A day of pride in the ability to work.
What Labor Day Is
- A day created as a peace treaty to stop the rioting and strikes that were about to occur in response to the massacre of unarmed workers.
- I do NOT celebrate Labor Day, a day of massacre.
- Today it is a day to make all of the sheep and zombies of the nation proud to be a part of the matrix.
- Be happy and celebrate that you are a battery for a system designed to exploit you further.
- Be a mouse in the wheel generating more tax revenue for the government that makes rules to benefit the labor union, but not you.
- They don’t want you to build a life of resiliency so you can govern yourself, and so you don’t have to take other peoples crap.
- It all rolls downhill, and if you are downhill, then get out your waders, because you are waste deep in everybody’s feces.
- If you are not part of the club, stop trying to build it up. It is time to get out of it.
- You don’t have to leave your job, just build resiliency and sustainability in your life, so you can say “pack sand.”
Remember, Labor Day was a day created as a “peace offering” to keep people from rioting.
The best way to get out of the rat race is to build your own personal resiliency, so go do it.