Throughout the course of Labor Day, we see reminders of what unions have accomplished for all of us; tweets like this are typical:
Happy #LaborDay! We’re grateful for all that organized labor has done for workers, and we’ll support them as they strive for equitable wages, dependable pensions, and workers’ rights in the future.#ALDems #alpolitics #NewEraForAlabama pic.twitter.com/Zxt7FG682a
— Tuscaloosa Dems (@TuscaloosaDems) September 3, 2018
Sadly, this anodyne and misleading tweet from the GOP is also typical:
— GOP (@GOP) September 3, 2018
What gets lost amidst the parades and barbecues, speeches and parties, politicians and public is the often costly path that was necessary to make the gains we now so-often take for granted. Today, I’m going to share one story: the story of the Battle of the Overpass.
The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania.
(In this week’s address, Congressman Matt Cartwright discussed the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling and Democrats’ new Better Deal legislation to guarantee the right for public employees to organize, act concertedly and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections.)
This week, instead of honoring our American tradition of supporting labor unions, the Supreme Court’s ideological decision overturned a 40-year precedent. Forty years of the fabric of American law, torn up.
This decision enables free-riding by those who benefit from union agreements but don’t want to pay their fair share. […]
While Washington Republicans are rigging the rules against workers – in the Courts and the Congress – Democrats are fighting to deliver A Better Deal to working men and women. Now is not the time to turn back the clock on fair pay. Now is the time for us fight back.
That’s why yesterday afternoon, joined by Senator Hirono, I proudly introduced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act. Our bill reaffirms the right of every public sector employee to join a union and bargain collectively.
(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)
The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments.
From the White House – Weekly Address
In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Labor Day by highlighting the economic progress we’ve made over the course of his administration. Over the past seven and a half years, we’ve rescued our economy from another depression, cut our unemployment rate in half, and unleashed the longest string total job growth on record. The President said that although the country has made significant progress, there’s still work to do in the years to come. He emphasized that despite the boisterous political season, we must not lose sight of the policies that will actually help working families get ahead. President Obama said if we are going to restore the sense that hard work is rewarded with a fair shot to get ahead, we must build on the legacy of those who came before us – that means exercising our right to speak up in the workplace, to join a union, and to vote.