The original source is unknown but we found it in Con Carbon’s wonderful Friday's Labor Folklore and it seems especially appropriate in the wake of this week’s Friedrichs arguments at the Supreme Court.
The dues paying member is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He provideth me with rest days and vacations.
So that I may lie down in green pastures
Beside the still waters.
He restoreth my back pay.
He guideth my welfare without cost to me.
I stray in the paths of the non-righteous
For my money's sake.
Yea, though I alibi and pay no dues
From generation to generation
I fear no evil, for he protects me.
The working conditions which he provides
They comfort me.
He annointeth my head with the oil of worker's compensation
Sick pay, holidays, and a pension.
He represents me in grievances.
And my cup runneth over with ingratitude.
Surely his goodness and loving kindness
Shall follow me all the days of my life
Without cost to me.
And I shall dwell in his house forever
And allow him to foot the bill.
- photo: at the Supreme Court Friedrich rally Monday; photo by Chris Garlock. To get Friday's Labor Folklore sent to you, email [email protected]
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