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Sunday, 11 September 2011 09:29

Welcome to Labor Line - A New SCPA Blog

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That is why I became involved in Organized Labor.

The roots of the American Labor movement go all the way back to 1786 when printers in Philadelphia went on strike -- see: www.aflcio.org/aboutus/history/history/timeline.cfm. I will be writing more about labor history in the future and how it has shaped the American landscape.

Most Americans have little knowledge on how much their daily lives are affected by reforms and legislation that are a direct result of Organized Labor's efforts. Things that we all take for granted today, like the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, lunch breaks, holiday and vacation pay were unheard of in our great-grandparents' generation. Things that we would consider unthinkable now such as child labor, sweat shops and forced patronage of company housing and stores were a daily occurrence for American workers in the early part of the 20th century. 

Because of these unfair labor practices, many Americans chose to join unions to have a voice in the workplace. You may or may not know some of these union workers. They are your friends, neighbors or family members. They are the workers who provide essential services to the Space Coast.

They are the police officers and firefighters who risk their lives to protect and serve. The space industry workers who design, build and launch rockets. They are the teachers that educate our children. The skilled tradesmen who build our schools, offices, hospitals and homes. They are the nurses that care for us. The postal workers and letter carriers who sort and deliver our mail. And they are the service industry Workers who wait on us.

These workers make up the American middle-class which make this country great.  Without a strong middle-class, America would be a far different place that what we know now.  Unfortunately, Labor is under attack which accounts for an ever-shrinking middle class.  In future blogs I will be writing about Labor's past struggles and the current attacks on unions and the American middle-class.




Last modified on Sunday, 11 September 2011 09:36
Fernando Rendon

Labor Line

I would like to introduce a blog dealing with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage. The Labor Line blog will deal with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage.

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