This year I joined the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO (NWU). I advocate for unions all the time, and this just puts the icing on the cake for me, but more than that, more than how it makes me feel, union membership joins us, arms linked, as we struggle to give our labor force the respect it deserves. (Yes, even those workers who rail against unions. We fight for them, too. Because who else will?)
As I do every Labor Day, I went looking for Labor Day mentions, and the first thing I found was a list of Labor Day quotes to use on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hey! Great! But after reading a few of them I noticed a pattern: They were all about the rewards of hard work, the joys of labor, the shame of idleness. Nothing about unions AT ALL. On Labor Day.