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May Day 2019 - May 1st Is International Workers Day Or Labor Day - List Of 100 Countries Celebrating Workers Day - US Celebrates Labor On First Monday In September - Organized Labor Unions Are Absolutely Required In A Functioning Democracy, So Why Is Trump And US Govt. Destroying Them?



TRUMP ORDERS MEAT PACKERS BACK TO WORK, BUT THEY GO OUT ON STRIKE DUE TO LACK OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS PPE

Defying Trump’s Order, Nebraska Meat Packers Strike – And Other Strikes | The Most Revolutionary Act

151 Strikes Across the U.S. since March 1st

Our strike tracker is now up to 151 strikes across the U.S. (Check it out here). You’ll see many of the strikes listed here and others.

Trump Orders Meatpacking Plants to Stay Open, but Workers Have Other Ideas 

Earlier today, Trump announced that he intended to use the power of the federal government and the Defense Production Act to keep meat processing plants open throughout the United States.

The move comes as massive outbreaks with hundreds of workers have hit meatpacking plants throughout the U.S. As a result, scores of meatpacking plants have closed because of outbreaks.

Strikes and mass sickouts at a dozen meatpacking plants throughout the U.S. have led to the closure of additional plants.


MASS MEDIA COMPLETELY IGNORES AND DENIES REAL UNDERLYING REASON FOR MAY DAY, DEMONIZES UNIONS, LABOR

The mass media mentions May Day with an irritated tone, as a day of protests, lawlessness, blocked traffic and violence. The emphasis of most mass media is on how the noble police state will 'keep order', by opposing the lawless violent anarchists who are claimed as being symbolic of May Day, when that is an absolute untruth and a complete deception.

In the short sound bites and pictures of extremist anarchists committing mayhem, no questions are asked and no interviews are given to actual union or labor experts who can talk intelligently about May Day. The pro labor, pro worker union leaders of the May Day marches are NOT given any extended air time.

Short sound bites that demonize unions, union members and anyone fighting for unions or workers rights are the 'norm' via just about all mass media that most people watch. Thus the pro 1 percent, anti union mass media demonizes the 99 percent and all workers via 'programming' the minds of hundreds of millions of consumers.

Most people and even the mass media have no clue what May 1st symbolizes or what people coming together in this type of celebration are pointing at. In America, May 1st has come to be known by many, especially in Conservative circles as something to do with lawless, violent and/or Communist, witches or evil socialists bent on taking over the whole world (via vast conspiracy theories) a celebration day, or as a shopping day, or as a first day of spring celebration, or as a holiday. Ask the people around you what they think May Day means... The goal of the 1 percent is to sow seeds of disinformation, confusion and accusation. The mass media compliantly obeys, as it is owned by the 1 percent.

HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW WHAT MAY DAY MEANS? WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MAY DAY?


If asked, you will discover that most people will claim that May Day has nothing to do with workers, unions, a living wage, or worker rights.



Now that the US is now best friends with Communist China and Vietnam, what is the US going to celebrate on May 1st? May Day has become a celebration of billionaires, capitalists and communists getting together to screw workers the whole world over, via slave wages, banning/demonizing unions and promoting zero worker benefits as something noble and virtuous.

President Trump has given NO speech on May 1st in favor of workers globally.

Trump has not mentioned worker's rights in the US. Trump has never mentioned the value or worth of unions.

THE 1 PERCENT LIKE TRUMP HATE UNIONS, AND ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO DISMANTLE, WEAKEN OR DESTROY THEM


Trump did not and will not call for raises or more benefits for workers of any kind, because he is a 1 percenter at heart, just like his billionaire friends and collaborators. The 1 percent are intent on squashing all remaining unions, so that they can enjoy ABSOLUTE POWER, without any limits by pesky workers demanding a fair or living wage, benefits or a share of the profits that they generate.







































Trump pretended to be for the people and for workers during his campaign for President. Now that it is time for Trump to step up and represent the 99 percent and the average workers that he pretended to represent, he is missing in action.

Trump is doing everything he can to represent ONLY the 1 percent, billionaires and huge globalist corporations. Bottom line, he LIED just to get into office. Now Trump is enjoying the corrupt 'pay to play' office he paid to get. 

As a billionaire and member of the 1 percent club, Trump represents or symbolizes the worst of the 1 percent; greedy, racist, sexist, xenophobic, narcissistic, sociopathic and living the seven deadly sins, full time.

He did call for 'loyalty' on May 1st which means that he wants everyone to obey whatever edict he hands out from his throne of absolute corporate power.

Trump, Alt Right, White Supremacists, And KKK Are Trying To Project Charlottesville Murder/Chaos And Blame Onto Alt Left Via False Equivalency Racist Propaganda, But Darkness Cannot Equal Light, Just Like Fear/Hatred Cannot Equal Or Conquer Love

WHY ARE HOURLY PAY, UNION BENEFITS, RETIREMENT PROGRAMS AND UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE US ALL DROPPING LIKE ROCKS FALLING FROM THE SKY IN AMERICA? 



Have you ever wondered why union membership in the US is dropping like a rock? Why are there no labor protests or union benefits ever talked about in depth, on mass media TV or in major newspapers?


Why are there no labor reps or union employees on the boards of huge American corporations?

Why is there such a high union membership percentage of workers in well functioning democracies where social safety nets are also firmly in place, but the opposite is the case in the USA?

In Germany for example, workers of corporations have to make up 50 percent of all boards of corporations over a certain size. Workers are given a seat at the table of power in the EU, but not in America. In America, the 1 percent make fun of and demonize workers, who are treated like cattle or worse yet, like slaves or indentured servants.

Union membership and middle class pay are both dropping in the US, with a result that is predictable; instability, uncertainty, extremism, increasing anger and divisiveness, plus blaming everyone except for those who are behind this scourge and theft of wages from workers.


PRESIDENT OBAMA PRETENDED TO BE PRO LABOR, BUT IN REALITY, HE WAS ANTI UNION, ANTI WORKER AND PRO 1 PERCENT, JUST LIKE THE TYPICAL PRO CORPORATE REPUBLICAN 

Many people believe that Obama was the greatest President ever, because he was 'for' working people and for unions. But in reality, is this belief based on fact, or is it based on a form of cult worship of personality, charm, and mass media sound bites?


TEACHERS’ CLASS STRUGGLE DEFIANCE INSPIRES MILLIONS
Contrary to the corporate media’s efforts to portray these teacher mobilizations as a reaction to Republican Party cutbacks, striking teachers have documented with mathematical precision that the most intense attacks on public education, social services, and teacher pay began with the Great Depression of 2008 and were implemented under the Democratic Party administration of Barack Obama.

Under Obama’s reign, 2008-2016, trillions in taxpayer dollars were transferred from working people to the ultra rich corporate elite—the 1 percent. The nation’s banking institutions, almost all of which were technically bankrupt or nearly so, were bailed out to the tune of trillions of dollars, as were the associated insurance companies, giant corporations, and mortgage entities, public and private.

In the course of President Obama’s eight years, millions lost their homes, college tuition skyrocketed along with unprecedented student debt, wages were frozen or cut, pensions gutted, education funding crippled, part-time “flexible” low-wage service sector work exploded, and 2.5 million immigrants were deported, while expenditures for privatized-for-profit prisons soared. At the state and federal levels, capitalism’s decision makers sought to resolve their inherent contradictions at the expense of workers.
via Counterpunch Teachers’ Class Struggle Defiance Inspires Millions

FASCISM IS DEFINED AS PUTTING CORPORATIONS IN CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT


There is a consequence for being pro corporation, across the board. There is a consequence to bailing out bankers and huge corporations, plus also giving them tax breaks, while denying the same to the 99 percent.



SOME QUESTIONS AROUND MAY DAY AND A REMEMBRANCE OF A PRO LABOR ANTI NAZI ACTIVIST


What does May Day mean to you?

Have you ever heard of or participated in a Worker's Day celebration? If not, why not?

Do pictures of children dancing around the May pole come up for you?

Does anything else come up?

Have you ever participated in a May Day parade, celebration, or protest?

If not, why not?

Why do the 1 percent and their associated mass media outlets almost never cover labor concerns or unions in a positive light?

Why do the 1 percent always seem to associate with extremists, such as greedy anti union, anti labor, slave labor promoting Nazis, white supremacists, bigots, xenophobes, sexists and racists? 



Fascism is defined as corporations controlling the government, while maintaining an alliance with fundamentalist evangelical religious groups, who are often racist and extreme Old Testament literalists. 

To maintain absolute power, corporations divide and conquer the labor movement by demonizing it, while dividing various groups against each other with things like state propaganda via the mass media, along with conspiracy theories, and disinformation campaigns. 

How many people know or understand that what is happening in the USA today is exactly what happened in the lead up to Hitler? 


Go deeper

Alt Right, Theocracy, Trump, Neo Nazis, White Supremacy, Dominionism, Polarization Rising As Millions Join Fundamentalist Churches Globally, Similarity To Zionism, Corporate Fascism, Wahhabism to Daesh, Sharia Law, All Fear And Hate Based

LABOR LEADER COMMENTS ON MAY DAY, ALSO KNOWN AS INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY

Alberta Federation of Labour Statement from AFL President Gil McGowan on International Workers' Day: 

May Day is a day to pay homage to workers worldwide who have fought for basic workers’ rights that so many now take for granted. More than a century ago, May Day was born of the struggle for the 8-hour work day. It is a day to honour and celebrate the generations of union women and men who, through their blood and sweat, won the right to decent work for millions of people. 

On May Day 2018, Alberta workers celebrate the progress we’ve made over the past year. For the first time since it was introduced in 1976, Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act saw comprehensive updates in November 2017, and these updates will come into effect in 2018. For decades, Alberta was at the back of the pack for safety, with higher rates of injury than other Canadian jurisdictions. But with Bill 30, workers will gain new rights and protections in 2018 that are long overdue, and these changes will make Alberta workplaces better and safer for Alberta workers. 

Alberta workers also recognize there is more work to do to protect our hard-won rights, including the public pensions that workers have paid into for decades. Our government must live up to the promise they made to protect the pensions of 300,000 public sector workers. Tell Premier Notley and Minister Ceci to live up to their promise. Tell them it’s time for joint governance, now – add your voice at www.albertapensionpromise.ca.

Later today, Albertans will gather in Edmonton and Calgary, to join with millions around the world who will take to the streets on International Workers’ Day, to continue to defend the rights of workers and fight for the rights of all."

TRUMP DID NOT MENTION WORKERS, UNIONS OR LABOR ON THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR WHEN WORKER'S RIGHTS ARE CELEBRATED GLOBALLY; INSTEAD HE CELEBRATED THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND LOYALTY TO HIMSELF AS A DESPOTIC MILITARY GENERAL AND DICTATORIAL COMMANDER IN CHIEF

The 1 percent OWN the mass media, which is why mass media never talks about the benefits of unions, as the 1 percent cannot stand sharing profits or benefits with the workers who created 'their' personal wealth. When the mass media demonizes the labor movement, refuses to interview union leaders, remember that what the 1 percent controlled mass media does NOT cover is actually much more important than what they do focus on. The 1 percent controlled mass media is 'programming' the viewers with pro 1 percent propaganda, which is essentially anti labor, anti unions, anti worker rights. 


Trump did make a speech on May 1st, where he said;

"As one Nation, we will always stand strong against the threats of terrorism and lawlessness. The loyalty of our citizenry sends a clear signal to our allies and enemies that the United States will never yield from our way of life. Through the Department of Defense and other national security agencies, we are working to destroy ISIS, and to secure for all Americans the liberty terrorists seek to extinguish. We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation's uniform — from the American Revolution to the present day."

.....President Barack Obama emphasized the nation's diversity......(in his speech on this day)

"While ours has always been a large and complicated democracy, full of differing views and boisterous debates, our history also makes clear that we are strongest when we find in our diversity a deeper, richer unity, stemming from an overarching belief in the possibilities our shared future holds. This Loyalty Day, let us remember that what defines us as one American people is our dedication to common ideals — rather than similarities of origin or creed — and let us reaffirm that embracing this truth lies at the heart of what it means to be a citizen. As long as we stay true to that mission and uphold our responsibility to deliver a freer, fairer Nation to the next generation, a future of ever greater progress will remain within our reach."

There was no mention of workers in Trump's speech, which shows how much he 'cares' about workers and every day people. 

There was no mention of unions at all. 

Trump pointed to the military industrial complex, as if that is all that mattered. He pointed to the war on terror, which is almost complete illusion, smoke and mirrors, designed to transfer all money from the social safety net to the military industrial complex.

Trump is the general and commander in chief, and by proclaiming today as 'Loyalty Day', he is nullifying all labor rights, union rights, and human rights, while demanding everyone follow him into a huge military buildup, despite there being no formal declaration of war against any nation anywhere.

It is easy to see the undercurrent of fear and hatred in Trump, via his speeches and hate/fear based rallies, which no other president in history has continued with after being elected.

FASCIST 1 PERCENT DIVIDE AND CONQUER, USING FEAR AND HATRED AS THE TOOL OF THEIR TRADE



WHY IS IT THAT BERNIE SANDERS IS STANDING UP FOR UNIONS AND WORKERS, BUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BACKS CANDIDATES THAT SUPPORT JUST THE OPPOSITE OF THIS? 


STRIVING FOR ‘JUST AND MORAL ECONOMY,’ WORKERS RISE UP FOR MAY DAY PROTESTS WORLDWIDE
MAY 2, 2018 A GREEN ROAD DAILY NEWS
As workers across the world marked International Workers’ Day, or May Day, by taking to the streets to demand living wages, improved labor conditions, and that employers respect their right to unionize, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) used the global mobilization to note the importance of fighting to improve labor conditions year-round.

“Every day we must strive for a just and moral economy with decent wages, decent benefits, and decent working conditions for all workers,” he tweeted Tuesday.
via Common Dreams Striving for ‘Just and Moral Economy,’ Workers Rise Up for May Day Protests Worldwide

PICTURES OF WORKER PROTESTS AND PRO UNION RALLIES MARK MAY DAY ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Click to see Pictures of May Day Protests All Around The World

DEFIANT RALLIES FOR MORE WORKER RIGHTS MARK MAY DAY ALL AROUND THE WORLD


DEFIANT RALLIES FOR WORKER RIGHTS MARK MAY DAY AROUND WORLD

Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions.

Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and businesses in Puerto Rico were boarded up as the U.S. territory braced for a huge strike over austerity measures. In Paris, police fired tear gas and used clubs on rowdy protesters at a march that included calls to defeat far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

WHAT IS MAY DAY, OR INTERNATIONAL WORKER'S DAY?


What Is May Day? International Workers Day RR

This day is officially celebrated by over 100 countries. May 1st is recognized as being linked to workers fighting for an 8 hour work day and worker rights, as expressed most commonly by unions and collective bargaining. If you do not know any of this, thank the corporate controlled 'news' which never talks about or covers union or worker 'news'.


THINGS TAKEN FOR GRANTED TODAY WERE WON BY HARD FOUGHT BATTLES BY UNION MEMBERS, WHO SHED THEIR BLOOD AND DIED FOR THOSE THINGS THAT WORKERS ENJOY TODAY


Thanks to unions and collective bargaining, the 8 hour work day is taken for granted by most workers, but this was a bitterly fought for right, and many people died, were injured or spent time in prison to get it.

Source/credit; Union Thugs

There are always the mass media propagandists, goons and thugs hired by huge corporations, and then there are the pro union workers, activists and bottoms up community organizers on the other side. Unions exist today, because of pitched battles between these two groups. The corporate hired guns and thugs beat up and shot the pro union workers who went out on strike for better wages, better working conditions, etc.. Many workers paid with their lives or health, for the RIGHT to form unions, and for the RIGHT to go on strike.

Corporations have used their bully status to hollow out those plus other worker rights and freedoms lately. They have also used the mass media to pound out anti union propaganda. The net impact on unions via a multi pronged, heavily financed propaganda campaign over many generations is that union membership is way down in the US, as compared to Iceland for example, where union membership is close to 90 percent.

WHAT BATTLES AGAINST GLOBALIST CORPORATIONS DID UNION WORKERS FIGHT AND WIN?



What did workers fight for and get? Here are just a few examples, on top of the 5 day work week, and the 8 hour work day.  

Employee Rights | United States Department of Labor
https://www.dol.gov

Additionally, OFCCP has coordinating authority under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits job discrimination by employers against qualified individuals with disabilities. ... The Department’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) enforces this.

[PDF]Workers' Rights - OSHA
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3021.pdf

Federal Government Workers. 5. Not Covered under the OSH Act. 6. Worker Rights in State-Plan States. 6. Right to a Safe and Healthful Workplace. 7.

Labor rights - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_rights

WHAT IS 1ST OF MAY, MAY DAY, INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY? 

Absolute corporate control of government, society and media is defined as Fascism, or Despotism. When workers and citizens have an equal voice and share the power with the 1 percent globalist corporations, that is called democracy. 





WHAT DOES A MAY DAY POLE SYMBOLIZE?



A May Day pole is in part celebrating spring, and in part celebrating the connections between Nature (the pole) and all people, who are connected to each other and Nature via 'ribbons'. No one is an island operating in a vacuum. Everything we do, say and think affects everyone else and Nature too.

In reality, because of the war on Nature and the war on workers and unions, people are suffering more today than ever before. Union membership is dropping, and so are worker rights/benefits. It used to be that most jobs had full benefits, a great retirement package and long vacations, but not anymore. Now many people in the US work 2 or 3 jobs, with no benefits, no retirement, and no protection of any union. How is this sad situation a 'great' improvement, under President Obama?

Realistically, over 50% of young people and/or minorities are out of work in Greece and America, as well as other countries were the debts are rising stratospherically. Politicians have for the most part focused on bailing out the 1%, not the 99%. The middle class is being hollowed out and the money that used to go to the middle class is now being sucked up by the 1 percent.

Of course, you will not see this 'news' on the mass media, which focuses on happy talk and pro corporate 'programming' to keep people trapped inside the 'Matrix' thinking and believing that everything is just fine or improving greatly.

All jobs are just wonderful, everyone is working and happy, and there are no worker complaints or problems. There is no global warming, radioactive heavy metal poisons are good for you, and Fukushima is in cold shutdown, plus being 'decommissioned'. If you believe these things, it is all part of Matrix programming, that most people are being taught to believe by televised 'programming', and repeated ad nauseum.

THE VARIOUS FREEDOMS THAT WERE DEARLY FOUGHT FOR AND THAT MANY DIED FOR ARE NOW UNDER ATTACK BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO WANTS NO DISSENT, NO DISAGREEMENT WITH ANYTHING THAT HE SAYS OR COMMANDS


Trump’s New War on Free Speech

RELAX TRUMP THINKS HE ALONE SHOULD HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND NO ONE ELSE , ITS HOW HE THINKS ABOUT EVERYTHING ...HE ALONE IS KING IN HIS MIND HE THINKS HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING HE WANTS AND HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO THINGS NO ONE ELSE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO... HE WANTS AUTOCRATIC CONTROL ...HE WANTS TO BE "KING" TRUMP NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP ..

This is the reason why you do not run a country like a billionaire runs a business empire. A business is run by a dictator in chief, who threatens, gropes, and does whatever he wants. If people try to stand up or collect their paycheck, he threatens to sue them for libel or worse. Now he is trying to do the same with the entire US, and any American who disagrees with him.

EXTREME RIGHT WING CONSTANTLY SPREADS CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND DISINFORMATION TO CONTROL THE OPPOSITION AND CAUSE DIVISION AMONG THE 99 PERCENT AROUND MAY DAY AND UNIONS

The extreme right wing promotes conspiracy theories around everything that may cause an uprising or movement, including May Day.

Some conspiracy theories being promoted by the extreme right wing media are that the only people who participate in May Day protests, cooperatives, coops, unions or collective bargaining are; 

Unions are Communists

Unions are Evil Socialists

Witches

Illuminati

Libtards

Takers and moochers

THERE IS A REVOLUTION HAPPENING FROM THE BOTTOM UP, BUT IT IS NOT BEING TELEVISED

Because things have gotten so bad, a revolution is starting to happen. AGR is not pointing at or calling for a violent revolution with guns and bullets.

Are you part of the peaceful bottoms up revolution? Do you know about it? Have you been involved in it? Are you part of it? If not, thank the Matrix, because it is not televising this revolution, which is happening from the bottom up.

Today, many people are working on transforming and getting rid of the 1 percent sponsored trickle down theory. Why not give assistance directly to the people who need the help the most?

THE TRICKLE DOWN THEORY IS PROMOTED BY THE 1 PERCENT, AND EXTREME RIGHT WING LIKE TRUMP, AND IT HAS NEVER WORKED AND NEVER WILL IN THE FUTURE EITHER


The trickle down theory is not working. The 'Austerity Program' is also not working, as debts keep increasing.

The national QE programs help only the richest 1% and distort fiat currency markets even further.

A few bright spots exist, but so far they are rare.

Here is one of the bright spots in the global revolution...

Have you heard of the Iceland Revolution?



THE ICELAND REVOLUTION; NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER ALLOWED ON THE MATRIX TV CORPORATE CONTROLLED MASS MEDIA; THE REVOLUTION IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE TELEVISED OR REPORTED ON



Iceland Bailed Out Workers And Unions, Not Too Big To Fail Banksters

Iceland Bailed Out People Instead Of Banksters; Is Now Doing Much Better Than EU, or US
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/05/iceland-bailed-out-people-instead-of.html

When workers unite and demand fair compensation for their work, it is called a 'union' of workers.

Is there something wrong with workers asking for fair compensation for the profits that they generate for their hard labor?

Or does the 1 percent deserve it all and workers deserve only slave status and no pay or benefits?

Selfishness And Status, Versus Selfless Service And Compassion - Reviewing Plus Analyzing Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged”, Galt's Gulch Project And Her Movies
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/11/selfishness-versus-selflessness-book.html

MORE IN DEPTH EXPLANATION OF WORKERS DAY OR LABOR DAY, CELEBRATED ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAY EVERY YEAR


Wikipedia; "International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some places, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement and occurs every year on May Day

1 May, an ancient European spring holiday.[1][2] The date was chosen for International Workers' Day by the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.[2] This Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.[3]

The Haymarket affair (also known as the Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot) was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square[2] in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded.

Being a traditional European spring celebration, May Day is a national public holiday in many countries, but in only some of those countries is it celebrated specifically as "Labour Day" or "International Workers' Day". Some countries celebrate a Labour Day on other dates significant to them, such as the United States which celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September.

1 May was chosen to be International Workers' Day in order to commemorate the 4 May, 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, The police fired on the workers, killing four demonstrators.[8][9]

Socialists in Union Square, N.Y.C. on 1 May, 1912

In the United States, efforts to switch Labor Day from September to 1 May have not been successful. In 1921, following the Russian Revolution of 1917, 1 May was promoted as "Americanization Day" by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups in opposition to communism. It became an annual event, sometimes featuring large rallies. In 1949, Americanization Day was renamed to Loyalty Day. In 1958, the U.S. Congress declared Loyalty Day, the U.S. recognition of 1 May, a national holiday; that same year, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed 1 May Law Day as well.

Unions and union locals in the United States — especially in urban areas with strong support for organised labour — have maintained a connection with labour traditions through their own unofficial observances on 1 May.

Some of the largest examples of this occurred during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when hundreds of thousands of workers marched in May Day parades in New York's Union Square. Radical organisations including anarchist groups and socialist and communist parties have kept the May Day tradition alive with rallies and demonstrations in such cities as New York, Chicago and Seattle, often with major union backing.[28][29][30]

San Jose, California, May Day March, 1 May 2006

In 2006, 1 May was chosen by mostly Latino immigrant groups in the United States as the day for the Great American Boycott, a general strike of undocumented immigrant workers and supporters to protest H.R. 4437, immigration reform legislation which they felt was draconian. From 10 April to 1 May of that year, millions of immigrant families in the U.S. called for immigrant rights, workers rights and amnesty for undocumented workers. 

They were joined by socialist and other leftist organizations on 1 May.[31][32] On 1 May, 2007, a mostly peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles in support of undocumented immigrant workers ended with a widely televised dispersal by police officers.

In March 2008, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that dockworkers will move no cargo at any West Coast ports on 1 May, 2008, as a protest against the continuation of the Iraq War and the diversion of resources from domestic needs.[33] 

For May Day 2010, marches were being planned in many cities uniting immigrant and native workers including New York,[34][35] San Francisco,[36] Boston,[37] Albany[38] Chicago and Los Angeles most of whom protested against the Arizona Senate Bill 1070[39]

On 1 May, 2012, members of Occupy Wall Street and labour unions held protests together in a number of cities in the United States and Canada to commemorate May Day and to protest the state of the economy and economic inequality.[40][41]

MAY DAY DEMONSTRATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD


May Day demonstration in Vienna, Austria, 1 May 2013


Norway's former Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg gives his 1 May speech in Oslo, Norway

1 May has been an important part of Swedish history since the late 19th century. The day was made a public holiday in 1938 but had been celebrated by the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the left since 1890. The first May Day celebration gathered more than 50,000 people in central Stockholm. The crowd went to hear speeches by the leading figures in theSwedish labour movement such as Hjalmar Branting (later prime minister), August Palm andHinke Bergegren. During World War I the demonstrations mainly had a peace message and the Liberal Party also joined the demonstrations. The 8-hour working day and women's suffrage were the principal themes during the troubled times after World War I.

The May Day demonstrations are still an important part of Swedish politics for the social democrats, left-wing parties and unions who use May Day to discuss their politics. In Stockholm the Social Democratic Party always marches towards Norra Bantorget, the centre of the Swedish labour movement, to hold speeches in front of the headquarters of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, while the smaller Left Party marches in larger numbers[64] towards Kungsträdgården.


Swedish Social Democratic Party at May Day demonstration in Stockholm,Sweden in 2006. The party has dominated Swedish politics for nearly a century. The Trade union palace in Stockholm is seen at the end of the picture.

LIST OF 100 COUNTRIES THAT CELEBRATE MAY DAY


For a long list of the 100 countries celebrate May Day

KEVIN BLANCH ON MAY DAY


MAY DAY IS EVERYDAY, The broken mosaic by Kevin D. Blanch 5/1/2015

If you read and act on any of this information, they will be calling you a 'radical'.

CHILDREN ARE LEADING MAY DAY MOBILIZATIONS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY; LABOR AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AS MINORS


CHILDREN LEAD MAY DAY MOBILIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

All month long, diverse communities from across the US have been working together to unite movements for Beyond the Moment, today’s May Day National Day of Action. More than 37 sponsoring national organizations — along with hundreds of local communities representing “Black and Brown people, immigrant communities, Indigenous people, the economically unstable, women, children, the disabled, the LGBTQ community and those fighting for our right to clean air and water” — are marching, striking and resisting hate and white supremacy. Among those calling us all to action today are children who came together in solidarity during their spring break for the National Domestic Worker Alliance’s sponsored We Belong Together Kids Caravan from Miami to Washington, DC.

ANOTHER DAY THAT WORKERS CELEBRATE IS LABOR DAY IN THE US


Wikipedia; Labor Day Parade in New York's Union Square, 1882

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.[1]

Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.

History

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. In the United States and Canada, a September holiday, called Labor or Labour Day, was first proposed in the 1880s. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed a Labor Day holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York.[2]

Some maintain that Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor put forward the first proposal in May 1882,[1] after witnessing the annual labour festival held in TorontoCanada.[3] In 1887 Oregon became the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.[1] Thus by 1887 in North America, Labor Day was an established, official holiday.[4]

Following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Clevelandsigned it into law six days after the end of the strike.[5] Cleveland supported the creation of the national holiday in an attempt to shore up support among trade unions following the Pullman Strike.[6]

The date of May 1 (an ancient European holiday known as May Day) was an alternative date, celebrated then (and now) as International Workers Day, but President Cleveland was concerned that observance of Labor Day on May 1 would encourage Haymarket-style protests and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day.[6][7]

All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories have made Labor Day a statutory holiday.

Celebrations

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations",[2] followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday.

Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Labor movement.[2]

Unofficial end of summer

Labor Day is called the "unofficial end of summer"[8] because it marks the end of the cultural summer season (summer scientifically ends at the September Equinox anytime from September 21 to 24). Many take their two-weeks vacation during the two weeks ending Labor Day Weekend. Many Fall activities, such as school and sports, begin about this time.

In the United States, many school districts resume classes around the Labor Day holiday weekend (see First day of school). Most begin the week before, making Labor Day weekend the first three-day weekend of the school calendar, while others return the Tuesday following Labor Day, allowing families one final getaway before the school year begins. Many districts across the Midwest are opting to begin school after Labor Day.[9]

In U.S. sports, Labor Day Weekend marks the beginning of many fall sportsNational Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams usually play their first games that weekend and the National Football League (NFL) traditionally play their kickoff game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race has been held on Labor Day Weekend in Darlington, South Carolina since 1950. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Associationhold their finals of the NHRA U.S. Nationals drag race that weekend. Labor Day is the middle point between weeks 1 and 2 of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York.

In fashion, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day when it is acceptable to wear white[10]or seersucker.[11][12]

The unofficial beginning of summer is Memorial Day at the end of May.

Labor Day Sales

To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers with time to shop, Labor Day has become an important weekend for discounts and allowances by many retailers in the United States, especially for back-to-school sales. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season's Black Friday.[13]

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