Tag Archives: Labor Day

Honoring Labor

4 Sep

Labor Day is the day set aside to honor work and workers. From the Department of Labor:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Chris already posted the 1956 message from Young Republicans to the labor movement, which praised organized labor, urged union members to attend meetings, and asked them to vote Republican. Here is what the Republican House Majority Leader wrote yesterday. It’s cloud-cuckoo land. 

 

Labor Day Weekend 2001

6 Sep

I moved to Buffalo exactly ten years ago this past weekend.

Are we better off now than we were then? Worse off?

When I moved here I knew nothing about this place except the stereotypes – the caricature of Buffalo and WNY. I learned quickly that we had a lot of bad politics, bad politicians, and bad policies. We have too many governmental entities that end up fighting with each other when they should be working in unity.

What I’ve witnessed in my first decade here is a lot of two steps forward, one step back. I’ve seen incremental positive changes, but the overall culture of political patronage and silly fights hasn’t changed much, if at all. In fact, in the past few months it’s gotten worse.

What will Labor Day Weekend 2021 look like?