Thursday, September 8, 2011

Post-Labor Day: Why We Fight

Labor Day 2011 is over, but organized labor and its allies is marching on! Below we've got highlights of labor's fighting mood to create jobs and get the economy moving, action being taken by labor at the FAA (and how you can participate) as well as Obama rolling up his sleeves and talking tough about jobs and union rights.

Obama on Labor Day and This Coming Thursday
You may know that President Obama was on a tour in the Midwest recently, talking to ordinary working folks to see what issues are most important to them. "Jobs, jobs, jobs" was the answer. To that end, he gave a rousing speech in Detroit on Labor Day; covered here by John Rummel of the People World (or watch it here on C-SPAN). The AFL-CIO blogged about how Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the labor movement by saying a voice on the job is everyone's right. And don't forget to watch the President address both houses of Congress and the public on Thursday. Invite some friends over and make a night of it - and as FDR said to the people in regards to progressive legislation and ideas, "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." In that vein, let's "make Obama do it," too.

More from the People World
Some activists are claiming that Obama's payroll tax reduction may actually hurt working people, but Art Perlo writes it will have positive impact on jobs and Social Security; and Mark Gruenberg details how there may be another "lost generation" due to the Great Recession.

In solidarity,            

Scott Marshall
Labor Chair, CPUSA

Source: Letter from CPUSA

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