Speaking of Labor Day (and James Green)

Historian James Green, whose book Death in the Haymarket I mentioned in a footnote in my last post, has an article called “Solidarity Forever! When Labor Had Its Day, And Why Its Time Has Come Again” on WBUR. In it, he notes Labor Day’s (correct) origins, says that it was “a clarion call to all citizens,” and briefly compares those first days and today, when “some of the union movement’s core values […] have been obscured by the endless political speeches.” It’s a good read, and he ends with this advice: “Worker advocates would do well to look back to values of the first Labor Days and deepen the argument about the dignity of those who do the work.”

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