The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day, by Yanis Iqbal

Solidarity of Labour by Walter Crane 1889

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
May 4, 2021

In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote: “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible specialization, financialization of the accumulation process and neo-colonial strangulation of the Global South have led to a barbaric situation. Amid this generalized chaos, May 1 acts as a blazing streak, inviting the wretched of the earth to reflect intensively on their own history of joy, tenacious resistance, collective courage and strong solidarity.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2019

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 3, 2018

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

940626-walker-chicagoblockade-harpersweekly-color.jpg
By Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2018

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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The Pullman Strike of 1894

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By Galtzaurdin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

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In memory of Walter Brasch, who died earlier this year. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and readers. ~ Lo

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 4, 2017

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor Day Matters by Ralph Nader

Fight for $15 on 4/15

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 4, 2015
Originally posted Sept. 5, 2015
September 5, 2016

Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost―it’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor Day Matters by Ralph Nader

Interfaith Workers Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 4, 2015
September 5, 2015

Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost―it’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

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Updated: Sept. 15, 2017

George Moore Films on May 28, 2014

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This film was shot mostly in four days, on zero-budget, by (at the time) 16 year old director George Moore.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
Sept. 3, 2012

Women pressers on strike for higher wages

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It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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May Day Protests Around the World + Thousands join May Day march for workers rights in New York

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May 1, 2012 by

Workers take to the streets on International Workers’ Day in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe

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Noam Chomsky on May Day, 2009: Labor History and Anarchism (repost) + May Day Started Here

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Posted previously. Updated below.

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Obama’s Laborious Labor Day By Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
September 2, 2011

Dear President Obama:

which side are you on?

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Happy Labor Day! This is your third opportunity as President to go beyond your past tepid Labor Day proclamations.

You could convey to 150 million workers that you’re going to start doing something about your 2008 campaign promises to labor. Recall that you clearly promised to press for a $9.50 federal minimum wage by 2011. Arguing that having millions of Walmart type workers make the leap from the present $7.25 per hour will pump nearly $200 billion in consumer demand for our recessionary economy.

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Corporate America Sends a Labor Day Message by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Sept. 4, 2011

Capitalism

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For most Americans, the only significance of Labor Day is that it concludes a three day weekend.

For Kirk Artley, it means he has about six weeks left of employment.

On Aug. 24, RR Donnelley, a Chicago-based megacorporation that claims to be “the world’s premier full-service provider of print and related services,” told Artley and the other 283 workers at the Bloomsburg, Pa., plant that “economic conditions” forced the closing of the book printing facility. The workers said they would take significant pay cuts if that would save the plant. RR Donnelley rejected the offer.

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