“It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”
–Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president
To mark Labor Day here in the US, Laura Clawson at Daily Kos Labor has a good selection of pictures documenting some key moments in the struggle for workers’ rights.
From an illustration depicting the start of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 in Martinsburg, West Virginia:
To a photo of striking McDonald’s workers in Los Angeles in 2013:
Here’s a different but nice version of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever” sung at a meeting of Nigerian trade unionists. (The more familiar version is here.)
I especially like this:
Before this they open the meeting with a christian prayer and closed meeting with a muslim prayer. This to underline worker’s unity is stronger than different religious viewpoints.