american laborer movement

Labor Day, Pirate Style - a CS AU Week fic

Here is my contribution for CS AU Week, Day 1. Just a mini fic about Killian’s plans to celebrate Labor day with his family. Unbeta’d, written within the last hour, 1k, Rated T (barely). Hope you enjoy!

Labor Day, Pirate Style

“Rise and shine,” Killian chanted much too gleefully for half past five in the morning.

“What the hell, Killian,” Emma grouched, “I told you, I’m off today, and Henry has no school because it’s a holiday.”

“I know it’s a holiday, love. Why not get it started early, you know, really get into it,” he prodded, quirking his eyebrow. He practically skipped to their bedroom door in his boxer briefs, “Henry, lad, wake up, we’ve a holiday to celebrate!”

Emma sat up in bed, “At least get me my robe if you’re gonna wake, Henry! You should probably get dressed too.”

Killian grabbed her robe from the floor where it’d been strewn last night. “He will be a few minutes getting ready, don’t worry Swan. Henry definitely takes after you with the way he drags his feet in the morning.”

Rolling her eyes Emma flipped on her robe, but didn’t budge from her spot on the bed, propped against the headboard.  “So, Labor Day isn’t really a party throwing type of holiday, just what do you have in mind?”

Killian sat next to her, leaned his brace free arm on the other side of her thighs and grinned at her like a loon. “That, my love, is wholly apparent from the name.” He swept her hair behind her ear, and caressed her cheek. “I mean, what’s a bloke supposed to do with names like Valentine, Christmas, and Halloween? But labor? I know labor like I know the contour of your-”

“Ugghhh, what the hell, Killian?” Henry complained from the doorway. “Why would you wake me up to see this?”

“Language,” Emma chided, though she was totally feeling Henry’s sentiment.

“Morning, lad!” Killian greeted cheerfully. “Sorry for the state of…” he drifted off, motioning to his state of undress. “I thought you’d be a little longer getting ready, especially given your penchant for lagging in the a.m. like your mum,” he smirked.

Henry rolled his eyes. “That’s gonna go double for today. This is an extra day to sleep in, making it even more important than just a weekend morning. How are we celebrating anyway? Labor day isn’t exactly a party hard kind of holiday.”

Killian was beginning to feel a bit downtrodden as his family trounced on his spirit for this holiday. One whose meaning finally did not evade him. “Well, as I was explaining to your mum, labor is something I am extremely familiar with, and I thought we,” he gestured between the three of them, “could go to the Jolly, take her out for a sail, and field day the old lass.” He looked to Henry to see how his plan was received.

Emma’s eyebrows were raised so high she could feel the strain on her eyes as they bugged out of her head. She was not spending her day laboring on a ship, that was father son sort of stuff. Now, how to break this to her pirate gently, that was the question.

“I’m going back to bed,” Henry said.

“Wait now, Henry, Killian put some thought into how to celebrate this holiday,” Emma started. She tried to stifle her giggle as her son’s face took on what must be a mirror of her own.  She failed miserably though, and Killian whipped his head back around to Emma. “I’m sorry, Killian. I don’t mean to laugh, and I think it was so sweet of you to plan a family holiday,” she told him soothingly. She placed a hand on his chest, and kissed his lips chastely.

“Still here,” Henry boomed, clearly annoyed at the whole situation.  

“Well go get ready, then you won’t have to see your mum paw all over me,” Killian teased.

“Killian, do I have to?”

Killian folded his arms across his chest, taking a defensive posture. He was clearly outnumbered here, and was feeling a little put out. Emma noticed and ran her hand up and down his back.

“Labor day isn’t even about what you think,” Henry continued, “it’s actually a celebration of the American labor movement, and all the contributions that workers make to help strengthen our country.”

“Okay, okay, you,” she said, looking at Henry, “go back to bed and we will celebrate in a few hours.”

“But-” Killian started until she put a finger over his lips to silence him.

“Thanks, mom!” Henry called as he slammed the door and made a beeline to his room before minds were changed.

“But, Swan, I had a whole plan, and I wanted to get out with the morning breeze,” he argued.

“Henry’s actually right you know, Labor day is a day off from work to celebrate all the hard work we do.”

Killian was stewing as he got up and rounded the bed. “Fine, I am clearly outnumbered, let’s just slumber the day away.” He flopped down into bed dejectedly, not holding back his usual dramatics.

“Hey, don’t get all salty, babe,” she teased.

“I’m a pirate, I’m always salty, it’s in my veins and on my skin.”

Emma turned toward him and coursed her fingers through his chest hair. “How about we celebrate the labor of love?” she asked.

A beaming smile took over Killian’s lips, he wrapped his arm around her waist, and tackled her to the bed. “I suppose we could pleasurably labor away the morning,” he growled before swooping in to kiss her.

“Mmmm, this is a much better plan,” Emma whispered into his mouth.


“All right, I feel guilty now, and I can’t sleep. Let’s go do some physical labor on the- noooooo!” Henry yelled.

“Shit,” Emma and Killian cursed in unison, scrambling apart.

After a few slammed doors, lectures of knocking on said doors, claims of being traumatized - from both Henry and Killian, and a breakfast to fortify them for the day, the three made their way to the Jolly, and Killian got his Labor day celebration.


Celebrating Pilipinx-American Heritage & History Month

Today is October 1 which marks the first day of Pilipinx-American Heritage and History Month here in the states. Since October 18, 1587 when the first Pilipinxs known as the Luzones Indios arrived in the shores of what is now known as California, we have had a long history in the Americas. Landing at what many people believe to be Morro Bay (though the exact location is still disputed among historians), the first known Asians to arrive in the Americas came on shore as part of Captain Pedro de Unamuno’s crew on the Spanish galleon, Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza. These first Pilipinxs to the Americas sailed the western part of the continent thus starting the timeline of Pilipinx-American history.

From there on, Pilipinxs have arrived, immigrated, settled, raised families, and formed communities across the United States. From the Manila Men of the bayous of Louisiana making one of the very first Pilipinx settlements as early as 1763, to Larry Itliong and the Delano Manongs during the Delano Grape Strike of 1965 who instigated one of the U.S. historical events and protests during the American farm labor movement along side Cesar Chavez and their Chicano brothers and sisters. From the War of 1812 when the Manila Men of Louisiana joined the U.S. soldiers in fighting against and defeating the British on January 8, 1815 during the Battle of New Orleans to one of the earliest known recorded Pilipinx-American soldiers, Felix Cornelius Balderry, who fought during the Civil War and enlisted on December 7, 1864/1865 with the Union, belonging to the Company A, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Despite our long history here in the states and being the oldest Asian American group, we are the silent majority. Compared to other Asian American groups Pilipinx-American history and Pilipinxs in general are often overlooked and forgotten even among Pilipinx-Americans themselves. In honor of Pilipinx-American History Month let us learn and teach our histories to the youth and better understand our communities. After all in the words of national hero José Rizal, “He/She who does not know how to look back at where they came from will never get to their destination.”

Follow @pinoy-culture​ throughout the month of October as we learn and celebrate Pilipinx-American history!

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Isang Bagsak! Meaning: If one falls, we all fall. Almost fifty years after the struggles and solidarities of the farm workers’ movement, and coming parallel with the highly-anticipated release of the film Cesar Chavez, Marissa Aroy’s independent film tells the lesser-known background of the Great Grape Strike of 1965. Aroy brings light to the significance of organizer Larry Itliong and the 1500 Filipino farm workers in Delano, California who helped light a movement which gave political voice to Chicano, Filipino, Chinese migrant workers and the development of the United Farm Workers. Delano Manongs pays respect to the elders of the American labor movement, and their shared passion, sacrifice, and sense of unity.

… Donald Trump’s Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades…. The actions, coming just four weeks after Trump won the presidency in part by wooing union voters with promises of better trade deals and a manufacturing revival, fed fears among national labor leaders that Trump was now planning a broad assault on unions.

Steven Mufson of the Washington Post

If you are Union, imagine a dispute between your union and corporate management under Trump?

US labor should fear that “a Republican Congress and Trump White House would launch investigations of union finances­ while failing to enforce labor laws when employers underpay workers or violate occupational safety rules.”

The better trade deals promised by Trump will amount to nothing but worse conditions, lower pay, and right-to-work laws across the country.

‘Fight The Layoffs / Auto Workers March & Rally, Newark, New Jersey, [early 1970s]. Event co-sponsored by Black Liberation organizations such the Congress of Afrikan People, Black Panther Party, and February 1st Student Movement, along with ‘new communist movement’ organizations such as Revolutionary Union and October League.

So on top of tax payers subsidizing billions of dollars for public assistance because Walmart pays their workers poverty wages, Walmart also avoids paying a billion dollars of U.S. taxes through loopholes each year??!! #endcorporatewelfare

The system of capital and private profit smashed in 1873, and all property and investment were in danger; labor was on the edge of starvation, and democracy and universal suffrage could function only through revolution. But a new savior appeared. Already Industry had been undergoing a process of integration, alliance, and imperial domination. Instead of lawless freebooters, there were appearing a few strong purposeful kings with vast power of finance and technique in their hands. They promised law and order; they promised safe income on a sure property base with neither speculative bubbles nor criminal aggression. In other words, a new Empire of Industry was offering to displace capitalistic anarchy and form a dictatorship of capital to guide and repress universal suffrage.
The conquest of the new industry in the ranks of labor was quick and certain. The growth of the National Labor Union into a labor party along Marxist lines, which had been developing from the close of the war, began to become petty bourgeois. It began to fight for capital and interest and the right of the upper class of labor to share in the exploitation of common labor. The Negro as a common laborer belonged, therefore, not in but beneath the white American labor movement.

Craft and race unions spread. The better-paid skilled and intelligent American labor formed itself into closed guilds and, in combination with capitalist guild-masters, extorted fair wages which could be raised by negotiation. Foreign-born and Negro labor was left outside and tried several times, but in vain, to start a class-conscious labor movement. Skilled labor proceeded to share in the exploitation of the reservoir of low-paid common labor, and no strikes nor violence by over-crowded competing beggars for subsistence could move the industrial machine so long as engineers and skilled labor kept it going. To be sure the skilled labor guilds and capital had bitter disputes and even open fighting, but they fought to share profit from labor and not to eliminate profit.

Big business … then offered terms to the nation. Profiteering, graft and theft had run wild in the North under the extreme individualism of the post-war industry. Northern business had protected its monopoly by high tariff, profit from investments in railroad and government bonds, and new ventures. It had held onto its political power by the Fourteenth Amendment and Reconstruction Acts. But its domination and advance were threatened by loss of all moral standards, cut-throat competition; political revolt threatened, which might result in lowering the tariff, attacking the banking and money system, and strengthening government control of business freedom. One way to forestall this was to effect inner control and coordination by centralizing the control of the power of capital, regaining the confidence of investors by sure and steady income, and driving from power the irregular banditti and highwaymen of industry.

Fortunately for them, the panic of 1873 checked the reform movement of 1872, and delivered the country into the power of the great financiers without seriously breaking the power of capital. Reform became liberal, attacking theft and graft, and calling for freedom of the South from military control. Thus, the radical revolution of controlling capital and forcing recognition of the rights of labor by government control was lost sight of. Labor war ensued in the North, and serfdom was established in the South.
—  W. E. B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America