The Pullman Strike of 1894

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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
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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.

More details on the production at georgemoorefilms.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of impoverished working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society.

Adapted from the celebrated political drama novel by Robert Tressell.

Directed/Produced/Shot/Edited/Screenplay by George Moore.
Starring Basil Marples, David Norfolk, Chris Trueman, Andy Turner, Chris Beale, Martin Moore.
Music by Lau, Chris Wood, Pete Cooper, Tom Moore, Kevin MacLeod.

All rights reserved George Moore Films 2014.

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

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

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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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Jobs Report Shows Urgent Need for Bold Action by Dennis J. Kucinich

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Sept. 2, 2011

Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today released the following statement in response to the latest report by the Department of Labor that the U.S. economy added no jobs in the month of August.

“The grim numbers reported by the Labor Department are a warning that budget cuts and talk of austerity will not revive our economy and bring down unemployment,” said Kucinich.  “On the eve of Labor Day, we must recognize the lasting hardship that American families continue to endure as a consequence of the lack of available jobs.”

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The ‘Great Moderation’ and the International Assault on Labor by Noam Chomsky + Kucinich at May Day Parade

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Buddhagem Speaks with Noam Chomsky on May Day, 2009: Labor history and anarchism (repost)

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Dandelion Salad Chomskyan June 29, 2009 David Buccola (Buddhagem) interviews Noam Chomsky on May Day About labor history and anarchism. May 1st, 2009, at his MIT office, Cambridge, Mass. Recorded by David Buccola, Charngchi Way Edited by Charngchi Way  … Read More

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Honoring Those Who Toil by Ralph Nader + Domestic Workers Win Bill of Rights Law in NY

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The Nader Page
Sept 3, 2010

What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of working people?

Philosopher/mechanic Matthew B. Crawford, in his recent, embracing book, Shop Craft as Soulcraft has a thoughtful consideration. He deflates the high-prestige workplace and makes the case for millions of Americans who still make and fix things with their hands.

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