Labor Day in Philadelphia

On Monday, September 7, I will join other trade unionists in the Philadelphia area for the 28th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade and family Celebration. We will assemble for a rally in the morning at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 Hall, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. Then we will march down Columbus Boulevard to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, for food, refreshments, and music.

Why not? Why should the working people of Philadelphia, and of the entire nation NOT take the time to celebrate ourselves and our contribution to the building of this nation?

Labor Day began with the movement by Peter Maguire, General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and one of the founders of the American Federation of Labor, proposed a day to honor working people; in Tuesday, September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day parade took place in New York City, sponsored by the city’s Central Labor Union, and in 1884, the first Monday of September was selected as the date of Labor Day from then on.

In this era, we are facing the same problems that our Labor forebears faced, low wages, racial and ethnic discrimination, sexual harassment of female workers, occupational safety and health problems, unemployment (as part of the capitalist package), health insurance problems, to h=name a few. We see that the capitalist class, by itself, will not consider the well=being of workers, only a strong, proud, united Labor movement will help workers make a stand, for themselves, their families, and their decedents. Happy Labor Day!

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