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34,712.  Less than a century ago the laborer had no rights, little or no respect, and led a life which was socially submerged and barren ... American industry organized misery into sweatshops and proclaimed the right of capital to act without restraints and without conscience.  The inspiring answer to this intolerable and dehumanizing existence was economic organization through trade unions.  The worker became determined not to wait for charitable impulses to grow in his employer.  He constructed the means by which fairer sharing of the fruits of his toil had to be given to him or the wheels of industry, which he alone turned, would halt and wealth for no one would be available.  (King & Labor & Trade Union)  Martin Luther King junior

 

 

5,162.  All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  Martin Luther King junior

 

 

34,714.  The labor movement was the principal 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, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life.  The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome.  When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.  (King & Labor & Trade Union)  Martin Luther King junior

 

 

49,282.  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.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Injustice & Trade Union & Protest & Dissent & Labor & Solidarity & Work & Working Class & Unity)  John L Lewis

 

 

5,070.  The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall help the weak.  The strength of a strong man is a prideful thing, but the unfortunate thing in life is that strong men do not remain strong.  And it is just as true of unions and labor organizations as it is true of men and individuals.  And whereas today the craft unions of this country may be able to stand upon their own feet and like mighty oaks stand before the gale, defy the lightning, yet the day may come when those organizations will not be able to withstand the lightning and the gale.  Now, prepare yourselves by making a contribution to your less fortunate brethren ... Organize the unorganized!  (Trade Union & Labor)  John L Lewis

 

 

5,065.  The essence of trade unionism is social uplift.  The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.  (Trade Union & Labor)  A Philip Randolph

 

 

5,066.  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 superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.  (Trade Union & Labor & Capitalism)  Abraham Lincoln

 

 

5,067.  The fight is never about grapes or lettuce.  It is always about people.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Cesar Chavez

 

 

5,068.  Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and bruised itself.  We have been enjoined by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, traduced by the press, frowned upon in public opinion, and deceived by politicians.  But notwithstanding all this and all these, labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Eugene V Debs

 

 

5,171.  I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.  (Labor & Work & Rich & Poor)  Eugene Victor Debs

 

 

5,069.  It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Franklin D Roosevelt

 

 

5,072.  The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.  (Trade Union & Labor & Wealth)  Wendell Phillips

 

 

49,340.  Organize, and stand together.  Claim something together, and at once; let the nation hear a united demand from the laboring voice, and then, when you have got that, go on after another; but get something.  (Solidarity & Labor & Organisation & Trade Union & Solidarity)  Wendell Phillips

 

 

5,073.  The miners are out of work ... Their problem is much more than a mining problem – it concerns the standards of living not only for themselves but in other parts of the world.  (Trade Union & Labor & Mining)  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

5,074.  In spite of oppressors, in spite of false leaders, in spite of labor’s own lack of understanding of its needs, the cause of the worker continues onward.  Slowly his hours are shortened, giving him leisure to read and to think.  Slowly his standard of living rises to include some of the good and beautiful things of the world.  Slowly the cause of his children becomes the cause of all.  His boy is taken from the breaker, his girl from the mill.  Slowly those who create the wealth of the world are permitted to share it.  The future is in labor’s strong, rough hands.  (Trade Union & Labor & Work)  Mother Jones

 

 

5,130.  My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want.  We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: ‘We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.’  (Trade Union & Labor & Solidarity)  Mother Jones

 

 

5,146.  Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!  (Labor & Fight & Trade Union & Death & Prayer & Solidarity & Fight)  Mother Jones 1830-1930, The Autobiography of Mother Jones 1925

 

 

5,079.  The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest.  It is, and has been, good for all America.  (Trade Union & Labor)  John F Kennedy

 

 

5,080.  To remember the loneliness, the fear and the insecurity of men who once had to walk alone in huge factories, beside huge machines – to realize that labor unions have meant new dignity and pride to millions of our countrymen – human companionship on the job, and music in the home – to be able to see what larger pay checks mean, not to a man as an employee, but as a husband and as a father – to know these things is to understand what American labor means.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Adlai Stevenson

 

 

5,083.  What is a labour victory?  I maintain that it is a twofold thing. Workers must gain economic advantage, but they must also gain revolutionary spirit, in order to achieve a complete victory.  For workers to gain a few cents more a day, a few minutes less a day, and go back to work with the same psychology, the same attitude toward society is to achieve a temporary gain and not a lasting victory.  (Trade Union & Labor & Revolution)  Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

 

 

5,084.  When people ask me, ‘Why can’t labor organize the way it did in the thirties?’  The answer is simple: everything we did then is now illegal.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Thomas Geoghegan

 

 

5,086.  There is a dawn approaching that is indicating and shouting to us that it’s our moment.  But we’ve got to seize that moment and use what we know so well – how to organize and, fundamentally, how to fight!  (Trade Union & Labor & Organise & Fight)  Tony Mazzocchi, speech 1998 United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

 

 

5,087.  It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today.  The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans.  The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.  (Trade Union & Labor)  Barack Obama

 

 

5,088.  It is essential that there should be organization of labor.  This is an era of organization.  Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.  (Trade Union & Labor & Organise)  Theodore Roosevelt

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