Labor Day is a day to honor the efforts of the American labor movement, set as a federal holiday back in 1894.
Unfortunately, one of the darkest hours in the American labor movement occurred in our district, with the Loray Mills strike of 1929 in Gastonia. That event and the violence related to it renewed the attention of the nation on the struggles of the labor movement and support for the movement grew.
“For those in the industrial sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.” Source
My maternal grandmother was an industrial machinery inspector who was a long term member of the AFL-CIO, in which she was also a leader. She was a single mother and were it not for a good union salary she would have struggled to raise her two children. My aunt had serious health complications from having Scarlet Fever at a young age. I will always honor my Grandmother’s memory by pledging my strong support for labor unions.
I will fight for a future where unions are not hamstrung by “right to work” laws that were created for the benefit of corporations at the expense of their workers. I will seek to repeal the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947 (The Taft-Hartley Act). I will work to ensure that unions have the right to organize unimpeded.