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Canadian summer essentially starts, from a cultural perspective, on Victoria Day (the weekend after Memorial Day) and ends with Labour Day, which we celebrate on the same day that the United States does.  For most Canadians it's become no more than the extended long weekend before school starts again.  But this year I am struck by the great importance of remembering the necessity of the Labour Movement, especially in this time when the 1% seem determined to bleed off every scrap from the working class and divide us into rich and poor.

Let's not forget that people died so that we could have a forty hour work week, an eight-hour work day, stat holidays, overtime, safe working conditions, worker's compensation, unemployment insurance, job equity, and once upon a time before all the teeth were taken out of our unions, benefits and pensions.  If we are to keep all of these things, we must not forget that the only way to do so is to band together and support one another.

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Below is one of the best poems that I know about labor. 

I think it's especially appropriate for the one National Holiday out of the year when we honor both workers and the labor movement.  The labor movement brought all of us such "basic" benefits as the 8-hour day, the 2-day weekend, lunch breaks, and workplace safety standards (you know, unlocked doors and fire escapes).  Once upon a time, the labor movement brought many, many Americans a salary that allowed a family to move into, and, if desired, to advance from, the middle class on one worker's salary.  The erosion of the labor movement has kept pace with the erosion of workers' salaries and the erosion of the middle class.  Today, many Pagans find themselves living in below middle-class conditions.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Yes, like John and Bobby Kennedy. The 1940s played out in the 1960s.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    I, too, add my thanks. I remember that catchy ad "Look for the Union label" set to the music of an older folk song. Everyone kno
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Yeah, the Masters Of The Universe used the mass media they owned to maximum advantage. We were pitted against each other with wedg
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Yes, Jamie, you're right. I voted for them also, but it seems that you can't trust anyone once they get into office. On the othe
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    I sincerely doubt that any occupant of the Oval Office is really the most powerful person in the USA. What would happen to an Amer

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