Conservative Group Protests Labor Day by Working

| by Michael Allen

Americans work more than citizens of any country in the industrialized world.

ABC News reported in May: "Americans take less vacation, work longer days, and retire later," based on numerous studies, books and stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Labor Day is one of the few holidays that most Americans get to take off, however, a Washington State conservative group called the Freedom Foundation is protesting Labor Day by working.

"We're calling it Right-to-Work Day. If you're going to pay tribute to something, why not the freedom to keep your job even when you choose not to join a union?" Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe stated on the Freedom Foundation website.

"I can't think of a problem in society that can't be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, and it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf," added McCabe.

However, McCabe failed to mention how every problem in society is linked to organized labor and that only 12 percent of American workers belong to unions these days, noted the Seattle Times.

"It's one thing to honor work and workers, but it makes no sense to credit the organized labor movement, which relies on strong-arm tactics, influence-peddling and corruption to achieve its aims," claimed McCabe.

"...If the unions were truly deserving of a holiday, they wouldn't need to conduct their business behind closed doors and force workers to either join up or be fired. At the Freedom Foundation, we celebrate freedom of choice and transparency, ideals the labor movement has vowed to oppose," claimed McCabe. "Consequently, we've chosen to spend our holiday honoring the right-to-work movement instead."

McCabe made no mention of corporations meeting "behind closed doors" when planning anti-union or anti-worker tactics.

McCabe also didn't mention how unions have been instrumental in making workplaces safer for workers, leading the way for pensions, fighting for workman's comp and disability insurance, as well as unemployment benefits and even lunch breaks. Unions also fought against exploitative child labor.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, so-called "right-to-work" laws do not improve workers' lives or pay, but rather make it harder for employees to organize, join and finance unions, which bring them better pay.

The organizations behind "right-to-work" laws are actually representing the interests of corporations and include: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Right to Work Committee and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Sources: Economic Policy Institute, Seattle Times, Freedom Foundation, ABC News