Labor Day

Labor Day and Downward Mobility

September 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Since 1890, children could count on having a higher standard of living than their parents. Not anymore. Today–as we mark Labor Day–is a time to ask, why? Many factors account for this troubling trend: public policy, tax cuts for the wealthy, globalization, labor-saving technology, a corporate attack on worker benefits, and de-unionization. What are the consequences of the disappearing American Dream, the result of decades of the erosion of our benefits and pay? Here are some of the most disturbing signs of downward mobility: Only 50 percent of the children born 1980 earn more than their parents. About 90 percent of children born in 1944 surpassed the income of their parents. Black children from well-off families (the top fifth of income distribution) are more likely to fall behind their parents than white children, according to a study by Raj Chetty of [More...]

March With Us

August 21, 2018 // 1 Comment

The union invites you and your family to join with us on a very important day, Saturday, Sept. 8. When we march in the city’s Labor Day Parade, we do so to remember what it took to get there: the decades — in fact, more than a century — of at times heartbreaking struggles for unions to gain the power that it has. Things we take for granted, such as civil service protections, a guaranteed pension, a strong collective bargaining agreement, premium-free health care coverage, a safe workplace environment and a vast array of educational, housing and legal benefits, among others, are the culmination of the hard work and struggles of generations before–and this hard work of vigilance and fightback continues to this very day. The Saturday march offers an opportunity to celebrate those accomplishments, as well as an opportunity to show our gratitude for what we have gained over the [More...]