A conservative non-profit organization refused to take Labor Day off this year, instead choosing to stage a work-in as a way to protest organized labor.
“We’re calling it Right-to-Work Day,” The Freedom Foundation said in a statement posted on their website. ”If you’re going to pay tribute to something, why not the freedom to keep your job even when you choose not to join a union?”
A now hiring sign is posted in the window of a clothing store on June 6, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, and it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” the statement added.
According to the Freedom Foundation, “It makes no sense to credit the organized labor movement” in a holiday when they rely on “strong-arm tactics, influence peddling and corruption to achieve its aims.”
The group instead chose to work the holiday, calling it “another day at the office.”
On Monday, President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd in Wisconsin after being introduced by the vice president of United Steel Workers Local.
“I placed a bet on you, I placed a bet on America’s workers,” he said. “I’ve come back to Laborfest to say because of your hard work, because of what we’ve been through together, that bet is beginning to pay off.”
“By almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office,” Obama added. “Every inch of it we have had to fight for.”
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