Black People : Labor Day

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  1. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Labor Day: What it Means
    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

    1. Weekends without work
    2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
    3. Paid vacation
    4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    5. Sick leave
    6. Social Security
    7. Minimum wage
    8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination
    9. 8-hour work day
    10. Overtime pay
    11. Child labor laws
    12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
    13. 40-hour work week
    14. Workers' compensation (workers' comp)
    15. Unemployment insurance
    16. Pensions
    17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
    18. Employer health care insurance
    19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
    20. Wrongful termination laws
    21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
    22. Whistleblower protection laws
    23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
    24. Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
    25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
    26. Sexual harassment laws
    27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
    28. Holiday pay
    29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
    30. Privacy rights
    31. Pregnancy and parental leave
    32. Military leave
    33. The right to strike
    34. Public education for children
    35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
    36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States
    Without labor unions, injustices that we experience in the US would be closer to slavery practiced when Black people were first brought to its shores. There's still work left to do to change continuing injustices in our society but at least there are 36 reasons to celebrate Labor Day in America.
     
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    Fine1952 Happy Winter Solstice MEMBER

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    Spot On, Queen!

     
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    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I always give big props to my dad and other former black auto workers today!
     
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