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AFL-CIO Central New York Labor Council Report 3/24/16

CNYLC Newsletter - Winter 2016

Why We Celebrate Labor Day - Paul G. Jaehnert, Vadnais Heights, Minn.

The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America's workers. The idea of a Labor Day holiday itself was conceived and promoted by labor organizations.

The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly attributable to unions. To cite but a few: the 40-hr. workweek; paid holidays and vacations; sick leave; grievance procedures, collective bargaining and generally superior wages.

Unfortunately, succeeding generations have come to take those benefits for granted. Most of those benefits came about because of unions and soon became the norm for union and many non-union workers as well.

All American workers owe a debt of gratitude to Organized Labor for its achievements.