Which side are you on: What labor day is all about.


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7 responses to “Which side are you on: What labor day is all about.

  1. jammer5

    our father was a union man
    some day i´ll be one,too
    the bosses fired daddy,
    what´s our family gonna do?

    come all you good workers
    good news to you i´ll tell
    of how the good old union
    has come in here to dwell

    which side are you on?
    which side are you on?

    my daddy was a miner
    and i´m a miner´s son
    and i´ll stick with the union
    ´til every battles won

    they saw in Harlan county
    there are no neutrals there
    you´ll either be a union man
    or a thug for j.h. Blair

    Come all you good workers,
    Good news to you I’ll tell
    Of how the good old union
    Has come in here to dwell.
    Which side are you on?
    Which side are you on?
    Which side are you on?
    Which side are you on?
    My daddy was a miner,
    And I’m a miner’s son,
    And I’ll stick with the union
    ‘Til every battle’s won.
    They say in Harlan County
    There are no neutrals there.
    You’ll either be a union man
    Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

    Oh workers can you stand it?
    Oh tell me how you can?
    Will you be a lousy scab
    Or will you be a man?

    Don’t scab for the bosses,
    Don’t listen to their lies.
    Us poor folks haven’t got a chance
    Unless we organize.

  2. I have always thought it strange that a GOP president ended slavery. It has seemed to me that slavery is the kind of thing they could really get behind and support.

    • Peggy

      If Lincoln was alive today, would he still be a Republican? Somehow, I don’t think so. It’s impossible to imagine Honest Abe and the Bushes, etal having any kind of meeting of the minds.

  3. wicked

    So here’s my thoughts after learning the history of Labor Day (thanks fnord and jammer). For those who don’t support the right to unionize or to join a union, Labor Day is just another work day. No day off, no celebration.

    Funny how those who squawk the most about unions are the ones who enjoy the privileges of such.

    • You know I find it fun that both jammer and I made posts about Labor Day, each different, but both added to the other. Put together it’s quite a dynamic.

      In a way, it goes to what Zippy was talking about yesterday — lots of ideas, not as much organization.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    I accuse both sides of forgetting that they are a part of the other. I once angered a middle manager at Boeing when I said that the CEO of Boeing did not make one red cent for Boeing. Management can shuffle papers from one side of a desk to the other all day. And it will not make a single cent, it is the guy who puts the four rabbets in the right side of the left section of the wing that makes the money for Boeing. It’s the woman who installs the wiring cable in the cockpit that makes the money for Boeing.

    Otherwise all the paper, pie charts and meeting are thin air and no money is made.
    The other side forgets that it is the success of the business that means that there is that paycheck for them.
    That benefits that are to be negotiated for with that business, there is a symbolic relationship and both benefit from the other being happy and healthy.

    When the worker is not just coming to work because they have to but when they want to. The company has a work force that is dependable and has the best interests of the company in mind. This is accomplished through having a worker feeling valued and respected. Having them not having to worry about how to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. By having them making a good enough wage that they can afford some simple luxuries in life.

    The average worker is not feeling the need for a 100 foot yacht just a nice boat to fish off of and take the family for a ride across the local lake. In the end the company has someone that is showing up and ready to give a hard days work that benefits the company and makes money.

    The worker need to understand that they are there to labor for the success of the company not just to be there. One thing that always got me about Wal-Mart was that there were two types of workers there.
    One that did the hard work and the other that showed up everyday and stood there.
    Those that just showed up and stood had more job security then those who worked hard.
    I guess because those who walked in and did nothing more then stood around if they had failings at their task it does not mean a failure for the company. If a hard worker has a failure then that does effect the company.

    It is the duty of the company to be applicable to their employees and the duty of the worker to give a good days real work for the company. It should never be a slavery or a social club.