Posts Tagged ‘workers’

Spending Too Much on War and Not Spending Enough on America’s Workers

July 31, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA INCREASES DEFENSE SPENDING, AND CORPORATE AMERICA SITS ON PILES OF CASH INSTEAD OF PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK

There are a couple of op-eds in the New York Times that need to be read by a lot of people.  One is on the incomprehensible way the U.S. is spending way too much on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spending it unwisely.  For instance, we are spending more on keeping one soldier in Afghanistan for a year than it would have cost to build 20 schools.  Check out 1 Soldier or 20 Schools.

The other op-ed deals with the way that many corporations are maximizing profits by cutting work forces way more than is necessary to adjust for the recession, and sitting on their piles of cash instead of getting Americans back to work.  Check out A Sin and a Shame.

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Why We Have Labor Day in the United States

September 5, 2009

While I know most people won’t be thinking about it, the United States got the idea for Labor Day from the Canadians.  They had the first one in 1872, and labor union workers in New York City followed suit a few years afterwards, but the holiday was not official. It became a national holiday in 1882 , 6 days after troops clashed with Pullman  strikers in Chicago leaving  some people dead.  President Grover Cleveland, who had called out the troops to put down the strike, decided reconciliation with labor was his top priority and pushed Congress to make Labor Day a national holiday.  The vote was unanimous. You can read all about it by going to Wikipedia.

So as you have fun with family and friends, you can reflect on why you are on holiday.  When was the last time you heard anyone comment on the fact that Congress made Labor Day official because of  the bloody Pullman  strike in Chicago?