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Remembering Why We Celebrate Labor Day, by ASC ICG National President Steven Poster

Steven Poster, ASC ICG Local 600 National President, on Labor Day

Next Monday is Labor Day. In between burgers and beers, I hope you’ll take a minute to think about what it means to be in a union.

Here are some of the achievements that the Labor movement has fought for and won:

  • Ending child labor
  • Establishing the legal right of workers to form unions and collectively bargain for wages, benefits and working conditions
  • Winning the 8 hour work day and paid overtime
  • Winning workers’ comp benefits for workers injured on the job
  • Securing unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs
  • Ensuring a guaranteed minimum wage and in many cities a “livable wage”
  • Creating workplace safety standards
  • Winning pensions for many workers
  • Fighting for health insurance for workers and for national health care for all Americans
  • Securing paid sick leave, vacations, family leave and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
  • Winning passage of the Civil Right Acts and Title VII which outlaws job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin
  • Winning passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Winning passage of the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Winning passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

This is just a partial list of what we owe to those unionists who came before us. Our lives and our careers would be very different if it wasn’t for their courage, activism and solidarity.

Steven Poster, ASC
ICG Local 600 National President




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