5,089. All wealth is the product of labor. (Trade Union & Labor & Wealth) John Locke
49,248. And here it becomes evident that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state that it has to feed him instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie; in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.
The essential condition for the existence, and for the sway of the bourgeois class, is the formation and augmentation of capital; the condition for capital is wage-labour. Wage-labour rests exclusively on competition between the labourers. The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association. The development of modern industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable. (Industry & Business & Capitalism & Rule & Bourgeoisie & Labour) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
5,175. In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. (Labour & Work & Wages) ibid.
49,695. A class of labourers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increase capital. These labourers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market. (Marxism & Communism & Work & Labour) ibid.
49,698. Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation. (Marxism & Communism & Labour) ibid.
49,699. The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE! (Marxism & Communism & Labour & Work & Working Class & Chains & Unity & Solidarity & Trade Union & Revolution) ibid.
5,090. The more the division of labour and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together. (Trade Union & Labour & Wages & Marxism & Competition) Karl Marx, Wage, Labour and Capital
5,145. Capital is dead labour which vampire-like lives only by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. (Labour & Capitalism & Marxism) Karl Marx
49,702. For real wealth is the developed productive power of all individuals. The measure of wealth is then not any longer, in any way, labour time, but rather disposable time. Labour time as the measure of value posits wealth itself as founded on poverty, and disposable time as existing in and because of the antithesis to surplus labour time; or, the positing of an individual’s entire time as labour time, and his degradation therefore to mere worker, subsumption under labour. The most developed machinery thus forces the worker to work longer than the savage does, or than he himself did with the simplest, crudest tools. (Marxism & Communism & Labour & Wealth & Work & Working Class) Karl Marx
42,381. The capitalist gets rich, not like the miser, in proportion to his personal labour and restricted consumption, but at the same rate as he squeezes labour power out of others, and enforces on the labourer abstinence from all life’s enjoyments. The drive is always to go on accumulating and exploiting long after the individual capitalist has stashed away a million times more cash than he can hope to spend on himself in ten lifetimes. His motto is: ‘accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and all the prophets!’ (Capitalism & Marxism & Labour & Work) Karl Marx, Capital I
108,113. The alienation of labour when work is external to the worker not part of his nature so that he does not fulfil himself in his work but denies himself and is physically exhausted and mentally debased; this alienated labour that casts some of the workers back into a barbarous kind of work and turns others into machines thus depriving man of his species character of free conscious activity and productive life. (Labour & Work & Job) Karl Marx, cited Noam Chomsky, lecture Government in the Future, Poetry Center of New York 1970
49,703. Labour is the source of all wealth, the political economists assert. And it really is the source – next to nature, which supplies it with the material that it converts into wealth. But it is even infinitely more than this. It is the prime basic condition for all human existence, and this to such an extent that, in a sense, we have to say that labour created man himself. (Communism & Marxism & Labour) Friedrich Engels
49,705. In making itself the master of all the means of production to use them in accordance with a social plan, society puts an end to the former subjection of men to their own means of production. It goes without saying that society cannot free itself unless every individual is freed. The old mode of production must therefore be revolutionised from top to bottom, and in particular the former division of labour must disappear. Its place must be taken by an organisation of production in which, on the one hand, no individual can throw on the shoulders of others his share in productive labour, this natural condition of human existence; and in which, on the other hand, productive labour, instead of being a means of subjugating men, will become a means of their emancipation, by offering each individual the opportunity to develop all his faculties, physical and mental, in all directions and exercise them to the full — in which, therefore, productive labour will become a pleasure instead of being a burden. (Communism & Marxism & Production & Society & Labour) Friedrich Engels
5,091. There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labour. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them. (Trade Union & Labour & Capitalism) William Tecumseh Sherman
49,304. In my time we was beaten, rotten egged, cussed, threatened, tarred and feathered and blackballed from other jobs. Hurt in so many different ways. But at our meetings our advice to the men and women that was hurt, we would just say to them what the good book says – the Lord will not put more upon you than you can bear, at least none of us lost our lives like some did in the early 30s. Thank God! (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Union & Solidarity & Unity & Labor) W M Jack Anderson, first local president, UAW local 645 TX
5,093. Without unions workers will lose many of the protections against abusive employers. Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar. The American Dream will be destroyed for millions. And we will have a government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy. (Trade Union & Work & Corporation & Labor) Kenneth Bernstein 2011
5,094. Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organised and that their organisations must be recognised by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace. (Trade Union & Labor) Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
5,095. Labor will remain united and continue to work to protect the interests of America’s working families. (Trade Union & Labor) William Burrus, November 2004
5,097. The only effective answer to corporate greed is organised labor. (Trade Union & Labor & Corporation) Thomas Donahue
49,319. We have come too far – struggled too long – sacrificed too much and have too much left to do to allow that which we have achieved for the good of all to be swept away without a fight. And we have not forgotten how to fight. (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Union & Solidarity & Fight & Labor & Struggle & Sacrifice) Lane Kirkland