Monday, September 05, 2016

12:34 September 5

Labor Day always makes me think of my Papa, who worked highway construction for decades, was politically conservative, and a proud union member. Papa had three bumper stickers on his truck. They read:
  • God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
  • If you complain about farmers, don't talk with your mouth full.
  • Right to Work is a Rip-Off
He taught me the difference between right-to-work and organized labor, and did so through anecdotes of people he knew whose bodies and livelihoods were treated more like ledger expenses than fellow human beings.

My best friend's grandfather was also a career laborer and union member, and he always advocated strongly for the people who could feel the work they did.

I'm thankful for Labor Day as a day off to spend with my family and friends, but I'm also trying to be mindful of the millions who literally give their sweat for progress and betterment of us all.

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