Happy Labor Day!

From Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey state AFL-CIO at North Jersey.com:

ON LABOR DAY, we recognize the hard-working men and women who keep our nation running. Yet we must not forget the millions of people who have lost their jobs due to our unprecedented economic conditions.

Regardless of employment status, we all share a common goal to raise a family and provide a better future for our children. It is this aspiration that has built our country’s middle class and has instilled a sense of purpose for generations of American families.

However, something seems to have changed, and the promise of a job and a middle-class life is becoming harder and harder to come by in this country.

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After a lifetime of work, many people are still unable to retire, young people entering the workforce are competing for a fewer number of jobs, and the unemployed have become nearly invisible in our economy.

Political gridlock has exacerbated the problems we face by diminishing confidence in our economy and undermining the core American value of compromise. Despite a clear and present problem in this country β€” unemployment β€” Congress has yet to take the necessary steps to address the jobs crisis. Only when faced with an impending deadline, as in the case of the federal budget and debt ceiling, has Congress been able to act. Yet, only through job creation will we begin to spur economic growth and pay down the debt.


There is no one person or branch of government to blame for the economic problems we face. These problems affect us all, and we can all play a role in overcoming them. The question comes down to how we are going to move forward.


Labor Day brings focus to our similarities rather than our differences. We realize that the one thing that separates a nurse from a bus driver is a uniform because at the end of the day, we are all working towards a better quality of life and a brighter future for our children.


Labor Day transcends political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and geography. It is a day for all of us to recognize that we are in this fight together, and although we may lead independent lives, together, we work to strengthen our state and nation.

Police officers and firefighters keep our neighborhoods safe and save lives. A teacher challenges our kids and inspires students to reach their potential. Building trades workers construct the buildings we work in, the networks we use to communicate and the infrastructure that keeps our society functioning. Retail and supermarket workers, service and industrial employees, social workers, health care workers and transportation workers prove the value of their work every day.


Since deadlines appear to be the only way to get results these days, it seems appropriate for working families to propose a deadline of their own – not just to Congress but to all Americans. Beginning this Labor Day, let us resolve ourselves to take up the fight for jobs in earnest, working together to bring unemployment under control and to restore the many opportunities made possible in a working nation. No matter what side of the table we sit on, a majority of us still believe in the American Dream. All that remains is that we work together to safeguard this quintessential American value.


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32 responses to “Happy Labor Day!

  1. John Erickson

    On another blog, we came up with the idea of a re-born WPA. Put people to work fixing up America’s crumbling infrastructure. Trust me, any mug can pour concrete (with supervision), and even the most inept can drive a nail. (I should know – my father finally managed to teach me both after MANY attempts! πŸ˜‰ ) It ain’t fancy, and it ain’t air-conditioned, but compared to sitting on your butt, it’d be a good job with a better-than-unemployment wage. (Trust me, no matter how much fun it sounds like in the short-term, long time periods without a job SUCK!)

    • amen, amen, amen! progressives have been pushing for a new wpa for what seems like forever. obama wouldn’t have to do much of a selling job, because 80% or more of the population would love the idea. if bronzo the clown and his henchmen drag their feet, it’s at their own peril.

  2. Great choice using the labor mural from Maine.

  3. elizabeth3hersh

    β€œLabor Day brings focus to our similarities rather than our differences.”

    β€œLabor Day transcends political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and geography.”

    I like this guy. He sounds like a uniter, not a divider (as least in this beautifully written essay).

  4. maggiejean

    Great job nonnie. So glad you used the mural from Maine.

  5. πŸ˜† Before the Republicans cancel it. Hahaha funny and scary.

  6. Labor Day’s history is not exactly a happy story…

    The Pullman Strike


    • the path to important changes in society are seldom neat and clean. that doesn’t mean they’re not worth fighting for. i hope people who feel despondent in how things are don’t forget that.

  7. Maine mural-good choice. Sadly, we live in a time when 20 going on 30 million can’t even call themselves working class because they have no job or any prospect (if older) of ever finding another one. If we don’t get on the ball with infrastructure, this country will slip far below third world satus quickly. Someday historians will write: The Bush Depression, the one that came to stay!

  8. jeb

    “There is no one person or branch of government to blame for the economic problems we face.” But there is one party to blame.

  9. Snoring Dog Studio

    “But Republicans in Congress and Republican presidential candidates suggest that, whatever the president proposes, they’re not likely to go along.”

    Of course: Just say “NO” in hopes that people will think you’re actually protecting their interests.

    “The principles that I adopt are permanent fixes rather than temporary gimmicks like we’ve seen from the president and also private sector solutions versus government solutions,” Rep. Michele Bachmann said.

    But of course, Republicans and Tea Party folks decided to kill off more public sector jobs, adding to the unemployment figures. After all, government workers don’t fuel the economy, don’t spend money, huh?

    So, prepare yourselves, folks. Detroit’s at 14% unemployment and the Republicans are already saying “NO.”

    And: By the time the president took office we had already lost about 8 millions jobs. The first month alone we lost 750,000 jobs. In the last 17 months he’s helped to create 2.4 million private sector jobs.

    No more bickering, Republicans. You’re all out of time and you’re wrecking the country.

    • you speak the truth, and you do it logically, sds. that’s just white noise to the teabaggers. they’re ignorant asswipes who are so brainwashed by faux news, their own bigotry, and hate radio that they will continue to vote against their own interests. they say they love america, but they only love the fictional america that existed in 1950s sitcoms.

  10. gregg

    Nonnie, maybe you already used this material in your work and excuse me if I am being presumptuous but this movie has so many possibilities I am compelled to bring it to your attention;

    • gregg, i used that poster, and it’s one of my favorites. in fact, i reposted it when i had the opportunity.

      never feel that you’re being presumptuous. i love it when someone finds a poster with possibilities and steers me in the right direction. there are so many movies i’ve never heard of, and i love when raisinettes get involved with the search process. πŸ˜€

      • gregg

        thanks for re-re posting. a really macabre movie and when the non cannibal kid in the movie goes to live with his grand parents they also turn out to be cannibals kind of like when little george goes to live with dick and lynne cheney!

        • gregg, i don’t think i ever saw the movie (which is true of very many of the movies i use here). how nice that the story matches the plot of the movie so well! instead of deadeye dick and lynne, chimpy’s real grandparents would probably fit the bill, too. after all, his granddaddy didn’t mind financing the nazis to add to the family fortune.

  11. gregg

    i meant to sign the above; gregg

  12. Bachmann’s permanent fix is to abolish minimum wage.
    That way the employment #’s will look better, as average American’s will have to work 2 jobs, underemployed, just to try to make ends meet.

    • the rethugs would be very happy to go back to serfdom. of course, they’re always voting for pay raises for themselves, and they’ll never give up their own benefits and pensions. that’s way too good for the average joe, though. the unwashed masses should be happy flipping burgers for 5 bucks an hour with no benefits and no safety restrictions to protect them.

  13. Whew .. .what a tough Labor Day. Take your pic … the situations in Wisconsin, Maine, and Ohio … high unemployment …. and a myriad of other issues facing workers. Meanwhile, no relief in sight. … but hey – VP Biden visited Cincinnati today for it’s annual Labor Day picnic, an event that commonly attracts Democratic candidates.

    Hope everyone had a safe weekend.