That's the top finding in a new national survey by the AFL-CIO. Not surprisingly, it turns out that union membership is a key factor in whether a worker has paid time off. Over the past 10 years, 40 million working people have won the freedom to take time off from work, through paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave. Labor unions have been at the center of these wins.
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On today's labor calendar, there are Labor Day parades in Gaithersburg and Greenbelt today; complete details at dclabor.org. click on Calendar.
And starting at 9am, Bill Fletcher and I will host a 3-hour WPFW Labor Day special, "Labor's struggles, Labor's rebirth," with updates from the front lines of working people’s struggles across the country, plus lots of terrific music. So be sure to tune in here on WPFW 89.3 at 9am this morning!
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1949, more than 140 attendees at a benefit for a civil rights group were injured in the “Peekskill Riots” in Peekskill, New York. The victims were among the 20,000 people leaving a concert featuring Paul Robeson, well-known for his strong pro-unionism, civil rights activism and left-wing affiliations. Robeson had been increasingly vocal against the Ku Klux Klan and other forces of white supremacy, both domestically and internationally. The departing concert-goers had to drive through a miles-long gauntlet of rock-throwing racists.
Today’s labor quote is by Paul Robeson, who said:
"You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too."
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