Hi friends and happy Labor Day! This year is my first Labor Day as a union member, so that feels kind of extra special. I’m the only person I know (outside of my family) who gets excited about this holiday. In fact, it is one of my favorites! Why? Because we had a visitor in the night. A long standing family tradition of the Great Samuel Gompers bringing books in the night. And, as you can see, he came again last night (with a little help from my mom). My roommates aren’t home yet, but tune in later today to find out what books Gompers brought to us all! Continue reading
My Labor Day Gift This Morning!
Hi friends and happy Labor Day! I’m skipping today’s marry, date or dump to tell you about a funny tradition my family has. I’ve never met anyone outside my family who does this, but just like Santa brings present on Christmas or the bunny brings a basket on Easter, on Labor Day I get a book from Samuel Gompers. Pretty weird, right?
When I was growing up, I was told Samuel Gompers brought me a book because he made it so children didn’t have to work in the factories and could go to school. Now I know the history behind Samuel Gompers, one of the most famous American labor rights activists, is more complicated. Yes, he did do a lot of good things, but he also promoted a lot of racism and exclusion within the labor movement. Definitely a mixed legacy. Continue reading