15 Quotes In Support Of Labor

Labor unions are important. The American worker has a lot of things to thank the efforts of organized labor for. The 40 hour work week, pensions, health care, and the minimum wage are just a few things that unions have fought for on behalf of the American worker. Corporations are now on the verge of destroying unions and seek to strip away the right to organize and strike. To this effort, corporate bosses and their Republican puppets are falsely blaming organized labor for the problems in our economy. But labor unions are not the problem. Corporations are. The following quotes demonstrate support for labor unions. Many of them stated by former Presidents.

1.”Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
~Abraham Lincoln

2. “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” ~Ronald Reagan

3. “The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital, and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil, and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman.”
~Grover Cleveland

4. “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

5. “If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

6. “All wealth is the product of labor.”
~John Locke

7. “Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.”
~John L. Lewis

8. “It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

9. “Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

10. “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
~Martin Luther King Jr

11. “Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions.  One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”
~Molly Ivins

12. “Every advance in this half-century:  Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education…  one after another- came with the support and leadership of American Labor.”
~Jimmy Carter

13. “The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”
~John F. Kennedy

14. “Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.”
~John F. Kennedy

15. “If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”
~Abraham Lincoln

We have what we have today because of labor unions. We have safety in the workplace, and our kids are able to attend school instead of being cheap labor for a greedy corporation. If we want to get America back on track and make our own lives better, we need to strengthen unions. Unions protect American jobs, but as their power is weakened, corporations are able to send more and more jobs overseas. Labor unions represent the middle class and the poor. Labor unions built America and made us stronger and wealthier. Without them, we become slaves to corporate greed at our own peril.