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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.

Today, many Pagans, and certainly I include myself, are conflicted about the cheap goods that we buy that are made in bad conditions overseas, by workers who don't have decent pay or decent working conditions (shirts, iPhones, appliances, toys for our children and grandchildren, etc.).  Years ago, we could "look for the union label, when [we were] buying, a coat, dress, or blouse," but NAFTA and other corporate-written treaties have shipped those jobs oversees, to places where there are no protections for workers.  Even if you try (and who has time to try when too many of us are working three part-time, no-benefit jobs?) it's almost impossible nowadays to buy a shirt (or anything else) made by union workers. 

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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

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