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On May 1, countries around the world will be celebrating the legacy of American unions — only our country won’t be one of them. May Day has a long and complicated history in the United States, especially during the Cold War, leading us to be ON MAY DAY WHY I’M GRATEFUL FOR UNIONS
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And to this day, we see the benefits of what those workers fought for. Even if you aren’t a union member, if you
one of the only developed nations not to observe the holiday. But now, as the power of unions continues to diminish and jobs disappear to automation, I’d argue that remembering our country’s roots in the labor movement is vitally important. Yes, Labor Day is meant to fill this role, to honor the hardworking people of this country. But sadly, it seems to have lost much of its meaning. In fact, a great many blue-collar workers across industries now work on the holiday meant to celebrate them. To me, it feels a bit like asking your mom to make breakfast on Mother’s Day. So, as someone who works extensively with
have two days off a week, receive overtime pay, and are protected by
workers’ compensation laws, you have the legacy of generations of American laborers to thank. That said, significant challenges face workers in this country today. Automation, weakened labor laws, the increased hiring of uninsured and underpaid independent contractors — it’s a tough time to be an unskilled worker in the 21st century. As a Social Security disability and bankruptcy firm, we see the end results of these challenges all too often.
union members, and as the son of a nonunionized laborer, I’m taking May 1 to reflect on the benefits we Americans enjoy thanks to these organizations. It’s easy to take our average 9-to-5 work schedules for granted — 40 hours a week, 5 days a week just feels natural to most people. But the truth is, these reasonable hours and the two-day weekend were hard-fought victories. During the 19th century, you could be worked long hours all week in extremely hazardous conditions for only meager pay. If you got injured and couldn’t perform your job anymore, you were just plain out of luck. Worst of all, working adults weren’t the only ones exposed to these horrors — children worked right alongside them in the coal mines, factories, and rail yards risking life and limb for starvation wages. It was under these conditions that Americans began to unionize and collectively demanded change.
A single medical emergency can send an otherwise fiscally responsible family deep into the red. People who have given decades of service to a company can be laid off in favor of robotic replacements. Even being in a union doesn’t guarantee protection from medical and financial woe in the world today. These are all reminders that workers’ rights aren’t set in stone. I’m proud to have represented many hardworking people in their time of need, whether they’re in a union or not. Still, it troubles me that the people we rely on to build our homes, power our cities, teach our children, and perform so many other vital services are so frequently put on the brink of financial ruin. The least we can do is celebrate the legacy of their work in guaranteeing the rights we have today. Happy May Day, –Paul H. Young
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