Labor Day 2013

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For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder. And in too many communities across this country, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over our fellow citizens.

Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine. That’s why, over the past month, I’ve traveled all across America, laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it.

The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans. But if we take a few bold steps – and if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve – we’ll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle-class.

So this Labor Day, while you’re out there grilling in the backyard, or taking that final trip for the summer, I hope you’ll also take a moment to reflect on the many contributions of our working men and women. For generations, it was the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. And as long as I’m President, I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that happens again.”

President Barack Obama 8/31/13

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Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

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NWF View: The Power of Blue and Green
High-efficiency vehicles are a boon to the economy and the environment

7-29-2013 By Larry J. Schweiger and Bob King – nwf.org

TEN YEARS AGO, no one would have thought we could get the world’s largest automakers, the unions that represent workers at auto plants and in the auto supply chain, environmentalists, sportsmen, consumer groups and the President of the United States to agree to ambitious new fuel-efficiency rules for light-duty vehicles.

Yet these groups found common ground and stood with President Obama at the White House in 2009 when strong efficiency standards were announced for the 2012 to 2016 model years. They stood together a few years later when the standards were extended through 2025, effectively doubling the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks during the next decade.

The shift to cleaner cars is a boon to the American economy and to our environment. A recent report by the BlueGreen Alliance, a nationwide partnership of labor unions and environmental groups, concluded that the shift to high-efficiency, advanced vehicles will create 570,000 jobs—50,000 of them in parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly.

By 2030, the new standards will provide a net boost to our annual gross domestic product of about $75 billion. They also will reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change by 6 billion metric tons—more than the total amount emitted by the United States in 2010.

Consumers will save an estimated $1.7 trillion at the fuel pump and cut oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels a day. That will save American families an average of more than $8,000 over the lifetime of a new vehicle by 2025, according to the White House.

We’re reviewing this effort not only to highlight how effective it was, but also to point out that we should duplicate and build on this successful model in other areas. Diverse groups—from companies to consumers to conservation groups to the autoworkers that make cars and trucks—realized their common interests and worked together for a long-term common good. And they did it despite a gridlocked, hyperpartisan U.S. Congress.

For more: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/News-and-Views/Archives/2013/NWF%20View%20Power%20of%20Blue%20and%20Green.aspx

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“Made in America: Building a Nation” Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

Published on Aug 9, 2013

During an Aug. 8, 2013, ceremony hosted at Labor Department headquarters, Secretary Tom Perez and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe introduced a new U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp series featuring iconic photos of American workers.

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25 Responses to Labor Day 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, September 1, 2013

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  2. CR says:

    Labor Day

    Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Founder of Labor Day

    More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

    Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

    But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

    The First Labor Day

    The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

    Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

    • CR says:

      WEEKLY ADDRESS: Commemorating Labor Day

      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      August 31, 2013

      Hi, everybody. This Labor Day weekend, as we gather with family and friends, we’ll also come together as a nation to honor some of our own – the working men and women of America who, across the generations, built this country up and helped make us who we are today.

      On Monday, we’ll celebrate that proud history. We’ll pay tribute to the values working Americans embody – hard work; responsibility; sacrifice; looking out for one another. And we’ll recommit ourselves to their cause; to securing for them a better bargain so that everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead.

      See, over the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. And thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. But as any working family will tell you, we’re not where we need to be.

      For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder. And in too many communities across this country, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over our fellow citizens.

      Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine. That’s why, over the past month, I’ve traveled all across America, laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it.

      The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans. But if we take a few bold steps – and if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve – we’ll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle-class.

      So this Labor Day, while you’re out there grilling in the backyard, or taking that final trip for the summer, I hope you’ll also take a moment to reflect on the many contributions of our working men and women. For generations, it was the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. And as long as I’m President, I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that happens again.

      Thanks, and have a great weekend.

      • CR says:

        President Obama’s Labor Day Message

        Published on Sep 2, 2013

        President Barack Obama’s message to the American people on Labor Day. September 2, 2013

    • CR says:

      A Labor Day Opportunity

      AUGUST 30, 2013 by SECRETARY TOM PEREZ – dol.org

      Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted on the Huffington Post.

      Labor Day 2013 is special. This year marks the centennial of the U.S. Department of Labor – 100 years of working for America’s workers. And this past week, our nation reaffirmed the ideals of the 1963 March on Washington. This transformational event, exactly 50 years ago, was just as much about labor rights as it was about civil rights.

      For me, just like so many others then and now, these two movements are inextricably intertwined, their interests converging time and time again, their goals united in creating opportunity for all.

      For a guy like me who grew up in an immigrant family from Buffalo, the past few days have been pretty heady. At the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, I couldn’t help but wonder if The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ever imagined that half a century after he stood on these steps, another African-American man would stand there – as president?

      For a moment, I celebrated how far we have come. And then I remembered that we also have a long journey still to complete.

      For more: http://social.dol.gov/blog/a-labor-day-opportunity/

      • CR says:

        Secretary Perez’s Labor Day 2013 Message

        Published on Aug 29, 2013

        Happy Labor Day 2013 from the U.S. Department of Labor! Here’s a special message from Secretary Tom Perez.

    • CR says:

      Baucus-Camp reforms: Manufacturing has to be key to tax reform

      8/19/2013 By Scott Paul (president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing) – San Jose Mercury News

      Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., are on the road for a “listening tour” as they work to reform the U.S. tax code, stopping this week in the Bay Area. The outcome of their work will have profound consequences for the ability of the American economy to remain globally competitive and to generate middle-class jobs.

      There’s a lot that could go wrong.

      For instance, in the name of purity, some economists, Wall Street banks and retailers have urged Baucus and Camp to eliminate all corporate tax deductions and credits and to simply lower the corporate tax rate.

      That sounds like an elegant solution, but its net effect would be to dramatically lower the tax bill for the retail and financial sectors, which face little global competition, while raising the tax bill for manufacturing. It would hurt those who invest the most in domestic job and wealth creation.

      Manufacturers face pressures from overseas in a way that most service providers do not. Most of America’s global competitors provide rebates for their exporters through a valued-added tax system that may confer as much as a 17 percent tax benefit, while slapping a VAT tax on U.S. exports. Since our low tariff rates and foreign investment guarantees have made offshoring increasingly attractive, we need to make sure a reworked tax code creates incentives for manufacturing activity here in the United States.

      Manufacturing is capital intensive, which means it often requires substantial borrowing and a long-term horizon for a return on investment. The existing tax code recognizes this through accelerated depreciation and other cost recovery mechanisms. But manufacturing activity ebbs and flows along with the business cycle, which means the tax code should also include mechanisms for allocating losses in a reasonable manner.

      There is plenty of evidence suggesting that manufacturing provides a larger positive impact on our overall economy than other forms of economic activity. For example, manufacturing jobs offer more middle-income opportunities for American workers. But the multiplier effect from manufacturing activity — the number of additional jobs supported by each job in manufacturing — far exceeds other types of business.

      What’s more, the relationship between the location of production and R&D is well established: Innovation and manufacturing go hand-in-hand.

      Goods production accounted for 71 percent of America’s exports last year, so if the U.S. wants to continue to lead on innovation, we must figure out how to return to “Made in America.”

      But lowering the corporate tax rate while also eliminating credits and deductions utilized by goods-producing industries would mean reduced incentives for manufacturing activity.

      The American public is interested in job creation and reclaiming the American dream. That requires a successful production sector. Investments to ensure the success and growth of manufacturing should be a key goal.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_23892959/baucus-camp-reforms-manufacturing-has-be-key-tax

    • CR says:

      NWF View: The Power of Blue and Green
      High-efficiency vehicles are a boon to the economy and the environment

      7-29-2013 By Larry J. Schweiger and Bob King – nwf.org

      TEN YEARS AGO, no one would have thought we could get the world’s largest automakers, the unions that represent workers at auto plants and in the auto supply chain, environmentalists, sportsmen, consumer groups and the President of the United States to agree to ambitious new fuel-efficiency rules for light-duty vehicles.

      Yet these groups found common ground and stood with President Obama at the White House in 2009 when strong efficiency standards were announced for the 2012 to 2016 model years. They stood together a few years later when the standards were extended through 2025, effectively doubling the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks during the next decade.

      The shift to cleaner cars is a boon to the American economy and to our environment. A recent report by the BlueGreen Alliance, a nationwide partnership of labor unions and environmental groups, concluded that the shift to high-efficiency, advanced vehicles will create 570,000 jobs—50,000 of them in parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly.

      By 2030, the new standards will provide a net boost to our annual gross domestic product of about $75 billion. They also will reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change by 6 billion metric tons—more than the total amount emitted by the United States in 2010.

      Consumers will save an estimated $1.7 trillion at the fuel pump and cut oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels a day. That will save American families an average of more than $8,000 over the lifetime of a new vehicle by 2025, according to the White House.

      We’re reviewing this effort not only to highlight how effective it was, but also to point out that we should duplicate and build on this successful model in other areas. Diverse groups—from companies to consumers to conservation groups to the autoworkers that make cars and trucks—realized their common interests and worked together for a long-term common good. And they did it despite a gridlocked, hyperpartisan U.S. Congress.

      For more: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/News-and-Views/Archives/2013/NWF%20View%20Power%20of%20Blue%20and%20Green.aspx

      • CR says:

        What Is The BlueGreen Alliance?

        Published on May 2, 2013

        Members of the labor union and environmental organizations that make up the BlueGreen Alliance discuss BGA’s work to build a cleaner, fairer and more competitive American economy.

    • CR says:

      “Made in America” Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

      Published on Aug 9, 2013

      During an Aug. 8, 2013, ceremony hosted at Labor Department headquarters, Secretary Tom Perez and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe introduced a new U.S. Postal Service stamp series featuring iconic photos of American workers.

    • CR says:

      American Made Movie

      Published on Aug 22, 2013

      Film Title: American Made Movie
      Director: Nathaniel Thomas McGill & Vincent Vittorio
      Starring: Scott Paul, etc
      Release Date: August 30, 2013
      Studio: Life Is My Movie Entertainment
      Official Website: theamericanmademovie.com

    • CR says:

      “Made in USA”

      Published on Jul 3, 2012
      DVDs are now available on our website at http://www.usa30days.com

  3. vitaminlover says:

    I did buy the 50th anniversary ‘March on Washington’ stamps.

    • CR says:

      Hi Vitaminlover!

      I bought those USPS 50th anniversary ‘March on Washington’ commerative stamps as well as the American made T-shirt!

      I am also thinking of buying the USPS ” Made in America: Building a Nation” American made T-shirt as well!

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Labor Day, CR and all friends! Perfect topic!

    >^..^<

    Standing with our POTUS today and every day!

    • CR says:

      Happy and HOPEful Labor Day Kat!
      I am standing with our POTUS right along side with you!

  5. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    8/30/13 By MACKENZIE WEINGER – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Kerry
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
    • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Kerry
    • Retired Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chairman, Joints Chiefs of Staff
    • Vali Nasr, dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Kerry
    • Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Kerry
    • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
    • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

    “Political Capital” on “Bloomberg TV
    • Former Defense Secretary William Cohen
    • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue

  6. CR says:

    Mandela Discharged From Hospital

    September 01, 2013 Thuso Khumalo – VOAnews

    JOHANNESBURG — Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in the country’s capital, Pretoria, where he spent close to three months being treated for a recurring lung infection. However, his health is said to remain critical and at times unstable, and his doctors will keep providing him with intensive care at his Johannesburg home. Thuso Khumalo has more from Johannesburg.

    A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that Mandela left the hospital Sunday morning. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says the anti-apartheid icon is now recovering at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Mandela had been hospitalized since June 8.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1741097.html

  7. CR says:

    In The Classroom, Jill Biden Is A Teacher First

    September 01, 2013 5:47 AM by NPR STAFF

    Summary: Jill Biden’s most visible role is as Second Lady, wife to Vice President Joe Biden. But she has also had her own career, for more than three decades, as a teacher. Even now, she’s a full-time professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

    Biden says she never talks about her other life when she’s in the classroom. Though students sometimes ask her whether she’s married to the vice president, she deflects their questions. “I think I have a separate role there, as an English teacher, and that’s who I want to be,” she tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “And I think they like that, quite frankly.”

    For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/01/217265205/in-the-classroom-jill-biden-is-a-teacher-first

  8. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, September 2, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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  9. CR says:

    Five reasons for optimism about unions this Labor Day

    8/27/13 09:00 AM ET By John Logan – TheHill

    The week following Labor Day, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) will hold its first-ever “open convention,” which will welcome many non-labor allies, in Los Angeles. With unions representing just 11.3 percent of the workforce, previous Labor Days have been greeted by countless stories about unions’ decades-long decline, and pessimistic predictions about their chances for survival.

    But for those feeling despondent about the decline of unions, and its terrible consequences for American workers and the economy, there are real reasons to be hopeful. Here are five good reasons for optimism:

    First, most Americans hold favorable views of unions. According to a June 2013 poll by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Americans hold favorable views of labor unions, a 10 percent increase from the number in the same poll conducted two years earlier. This is first time since January 2007 that a majority of the public has viewed unions favorably. 80 percent of “liberal Democrats” hold favorable views on unions. Women, minorities and youth – key groups for organized labor — hold the most pro-union attitudes. There is no straightforward relationship between public approval for unions and union growth, but the labor movement must figure out how to bring into its fold the majority of Americans who like unions.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/labor/318795-five-reasons-for-optimism-about-unions-this-labor-day

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