I wanted to post a brief message to wish all those who take the time to read this blog, a happy May Day. Whilst there is always much to occupy our time and energy in the struggle for decent, safe work, we should remember the many reasons why organised labour remains the hope of humanity.
In the words of Martin Luther King, "The labor movement was the principle force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all else, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead the transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organisation crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society".