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Special Labor Day Report:
A chronicle of union power and employment rights in the United States
August 29, 2018
Labor Day marks the end of the summer and BBQ season for most of us, but the first Labor Day in 1882 marked the start of a period of worker unity.
September 5, 1882 involved an organized worker strike of 10,000. It wasn't until over a decade later that the federal government would recognize it as a holiday.
Our Labor Day report takes a look at the labor issues in American history. We highlight the issues that brought about the first labor unions and then detail the ups and downs for labor unions throughout the next couple of centuries.
In American history, public opinion has gone both ways on the question of how best to encourage liberty for individuals and for businesses. Today, the issue as it relates to labor regulation is a major one that divides our country.
Today, we sit somewhere in the slump of decreased labor union power. Two Supreme Court cases of the last term went against unions and employment rights.