Together we bargain. Divided we beg.

August 31, 2018

Happy Labor Day weekend!

 

As a preliminary heads-up, Philadelphia Family Court will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.

 

Let's remember the focus of the observed holiday: workers, and by extension, the working class and the labor unions that represent the working class.

 

Let's also recognize that the struggle of the working class to gain rights and protections has a long history and -- in light of the recent Janus decision and in the context of what often seems to be the prevailing attitude towards organized labor these days -- still has more work ahead, most importantly in the hearts and minds of Americans.

 

To zero in on one issue effecting workers, let's be keenly aware that the Republican tax cuts just a few months ago (in December 2017) have had barely any positive effect on the real wages of the American working class.  In fact, "real wages" (wages, as adjusted for inflation) have fallen 1.8% in the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2018.

 

The video above is of the song "There is Power in a Union," which was originally written by the legendary songwriter Joe Hill, but is sung here by English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.  We need unions -- truly representing the best interests of the working class, and serving their needs with efficiency and no corruption.

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