happy international workers day

Happy May Day-International Workers Day

Brought to you by the union movement, the people who, in fighting collectively, brought us the weekend, the 8 hour work day, the end to child labor, paid vacation, healthcare available to those without a lot of money, seniority, due process and collective bargaining rights at our places of work and so much more.

Today in labor history, May 1, 2015: Happy International Workers’ Day! May Day is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity and is a national public holiday in more than 80 countries. The date was chosen by the Socialist International Congress (the Second International) in 1889 to commemorate the Haymarket incident in Chicago.

Happy International Workers’ Day

Here’s to the unions and the non-unionized

Here’s to migrant farm workers and registered nurses, teachers and barbers, gas station attendants and restaurant owners

Here’s to all the people who struggle and hustle

Here’s to the exploited and the exploitable

Here’s to our mothers and their mothers’ mothers

Here’s to sweatshop laborers sewing in 100-degree heat with no breaks or meals or daycare in economic “free zones”

Here’s to longshore people and truck drivers, sex workers and fast-food employees, janitors and librarians, sheep herders and gardeners

Here’s to the women of the maquiladoras whose deaths and disappearances are altogether ignored by Uncle Sam and his plutocrats

Don’t just celebrate May Day

Remember

Mourn

And get angry

Happy May Day-International Workers Day

Brought to you by the union movement, the people who, in fighting collectively, brought us the weekend, the 8 hour work day, the end to child labor, paid vacation, healthcare available to those without a lot of money, seniority, due process and collective bargaining rights at our places of work and so much more.


I’ll be joining the massive May Day Workers Solidarity/Anti-Trump March and Rally starting at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles in a few hours.  Most of the local unions have endorsed this demonstration, as have most immigrant rights organizations and other progressive groups.  Hope those of you in L.A. will be joining, and others will be finding similar demonstrations in your own communities.  

Happy International Workers’ Day!
Here in Germany it’s an official holiday so all the stores are closed. Also, the weather is fine today and the park is swarming with unsupervised dogs and off-leash children, hence you cannot go outside without tripping over or getting startled by some small creature and losing half an hour of your lifespan thinking about what a dick their owner/creator is.
Seriously, fuck today!

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Happy International Workers’ Day!