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4,759. Join the Union, girls, and together say, Equal Pay for Equal Work! (Woman & Trade Unions & Pay & Work & Suffragettes & Solidarity & Equality) Susan Brownell Anthony 1820-1906
4,783. And together they begin to make their voices heard. In October 1836 women from the Lowell Mills gather after work and organise. Their protest against wage cuts is one of the first strikes in US history. And they will win. The mill bosses backed down. A generation of young women go on to become teachers, writers and college graduates. Harriet Robinson would become a leading suffragette. (Woman & United States of America & Suffragettes & Trade Unions & Cotton & Strike & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Industrial Revolution & Factory) America: The Story of the US: Division
4,977. Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. (Rights & Trade Union) Samuel Gompers
5,054. What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright. (Trade Unions & Labour) Samuel Gompers
5,055. You can’t do it unless you organize. (Trade Unions & Organise & Solidarity) Samuel Gompers
5,056. We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunity affords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their possession. Samuel Gompers, ‘Men of Labor! Be Up and Doing’, 1906
5,057. So long as we have held fast to voluntary principles and have been actuated and inspired by the spirit of service, we have sustained our forward progress, and we have made our labor movement something to be respected and accorded a place in the councils of the Republic. Where we have blundered into trying to force a policy or decision, even though wise and right, we have impeded if not interrupted the realization of our own aims. Samuel Gompers
5,058. And what have our unions done? What do they aim to do? To improve the standard of life, to uproot ignorance and foster education, to instil character, manhood and independent spirit among our people; to bring about a recognition of the interdependence of man upon his fellow man. We aim to establish a normal work-day, to take the children from the factory and workshop and give them the opportunity of the school and the play-ground. In a word, our unions strive to lighten toil, educate their members, make their homes more cheerful, and in every way contribute an earnest effort toward making life the better worth living. (Trade Unions & Working Class) Samuel Gompers
49,311. Our movement is of the working people, for the working people, by the working people ... There is not a right too long denied to which we do not aspire in order to achieve; there is not a wrong too long endured that we are not determined to abolish. (Trade Unions & Working Class) Samuel Gompers
5,059. We have a very violent labor history. Hundreds of American workers were being killed in the late thirties. Finally they got labor rights ... There is always challenge and struggle. (Trade Unions & Labour & Struggle) Professor Noam Chomsky, Is Capitalism Making Life Better?
5,096. Labor Unions are the leading force for democratization and progress. (Trade Unions & Labor & Democracy & Progress) Noam Chomsky
5,110. One of the most effective democratizing forces has always been the labor movement – labor unions – the history on that is completely clear. In countries that have a strong labor movement, there is also a very strong tendency or correlation with a real-live functioning social contract that includes not only rights for working people but for people who need help and protection, for the defenseless, for children, for women, for families, for people who need assistance generally and for the general public. And there’s also a culture that goes along with it – a culture of solidarity and sympathy and mutual aid and support ... Here as elsewhere unions have been a leading force, probably the leading force, for democracy and human rights. (Trade Unions & Labor & Democracy & Rights & Working Class) Professor Noam Chomsky, Class War: The Attack on Working People, 1998
5,111. From 1985 to 1992 the United States went from highest labor costs to second lowest in the industrial world, and this was described by the Wall Street Journal as: A welcome development of transcendent importance. (Trade Unions & Labour) ibid.
94,884. US and other foreign corporations forced the Labour Ministry in 1988 to continue the government’s long-standing prohibition of unions in the electronics industry by threatening to shift their jobs and investments to another country. (Malaysia & Trade Unions) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
94,919. In part, the dismissive assessment of Japan's prospects was based on the failure of Japanese industrial recovery prior to the economic stimulus of military procurements for the Korean War. In part, there was doubtless an element of racism – illustrated, for example, in the reaction of the business community to the democratic labor laws introduced by the US military occupation. These laws were opposed by business generally. They were bitterly denounced by James Lee Kauffman, one of the influential members of the business lobby that worked to impede the democratization of Japan. (Japan & Labor & Trade Unions) ibid.
94,920. Militant labor action was barred, including some attempts to establish workers' control over production. Even these partial steps towards democracy scandalized the State Department. (Japan & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid.
94,921. These pressures led to the ‘reverse course’ of 1947, which ensured that there would be no serious challenge to government-corporate domination over labor, the media and the political system. (Japan & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid.
94,922. Leftists who had been jailed under Fascist rule were excluded, the normal pattern worldwide. Labor was suppressed with considerable police violence, and elimination of the right to strike and collective bargaining. The goal was to ensure business control over labor through conservative unions. (Japan & Labors & Trade Unions) ibid.
94,924. While Japanese corporate conglomerates were reinforced, labor was weakened and splintered, with the collaboration of US labor leaders, as elsewhere in the world. (Japan & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid.
94,925. Britain itself was to face a similar attack on unions and the welfare system, as did the United States itself, beginning with the assault on labor in the early postwar period, renewed by the bipartisan consensus of the post-Vietnam period in support of business interests. (Trade Unions & Labour) ibid.
94,928. The main problem, again, was the [German] labor movement and other popular organizations that threatened conservative business dominance. (Germany & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid. p340
94,929. After the war, German workers began to form works councils and trade unions, and to develop co-determination in industry and democratic grass-roots control of unions. The State Department and its US labor associates were appalled by these moves towards democracy in the unions and the larger society. (Germany & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid. pp340-341
94,939. The postwar destitution was exploited to undermine the French labor movement, along with direct violence. Desperately needed food supplies were withheld to coerce obedience, and gangsters were organized to provide goon squads and strike-breakers. (France & Labour & Trade Unions) ibid. p343
94,944. In Italy too, US labor leaders, primarily from the AFL, played an active role in splitting and weakening the labor movement, and inducing workers to accept austerity measures while employers reaped rich profits. In France, the AFL had broken dock strikes by importing Italian scab labor paid by US businesses. The State Department called on the Federation’s leadership to exercise their talents in union-busting in Italy as well, and they were happy to oblige. The business sector, formerly discredited by its association with Italian Fascism, undertook a vigorous class war with renewed confidence. The end result was the subordination of the working class and the poor to traditional rulers. (Italy & France & Labour & Trade Unions & Class & Working Class & Business) ibid.
107,097. Killing is just superficial; it’s just the icing on the cake. I mean there’s plenty of repression short of killing. And it’s tough. People lose their jobs, they get blacklisted … There’s all kinds of ways of getting rid of people who are troublemakers from kindergarten up. And organising succeeds when people are willing to face those pressures and overcome them. And it’s hard to know what the secret is; sometimes people do it … For us it’s a picnic; what we call repression, in most of the world would be called a gift. I mean, go to a place like El Salvador and try to organise there, there’s it’s not a matter of they don’t like you, you end up in a ditch cut to pieces after torture - that’s what it means to organise there: they still do it, they keep coming back. (Organise & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Industrial Action & Protest & Repression) Noam Chomsky, lecture Deterring Democracy, 1992