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Monday, September 1, 2014

WHAT DOES LABOR DAY MEAN TO MANY WORKERS TODAY - ARE THE BENEFITS EARNED BY SO MANY THAT LAID THEIR LIVES - THAT MILLIONS OF WORKERS - OVER ALL THESE YEARS - COULD ENJOY - QUALITY OF LIFE BENEFITS.

Over 120 years ago two men they say helped initiate Labor Day - some say it was Mathew Maguire who was a machinist -  others say Peter Maguire who belonged to the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

What is important to note - is that today - Labor Day is celebrated all over the United States of America - a Public Holiday.

Reminding us of the many rights and benefits UNIONS have fought for us all in America - so that millions of UNION workers and others - could celebrate - Labor Day with pride.

As far as we know the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City - in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as a holiday.
In 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the United States of America. Today all over the Nation.

Today, all over the United States in accordance to first celebration - a parade - various forms of forums - other means " to strength and esprit de corpos of the trade and labor organizations" - followed by events of festivity and amusement are held for the workers, their families and supporters.

Here is San Francisco we just celebrated the 80th Anniversary of San Francisco General Strike that took place in 1934.

The 100th Anniversary of 1914 Ludlow Massacre that took place in Colorado.

We who worked hard to uphold the great values that many workers enjoyed for decades - are now poised to defend those same rights, benefits, values, the empowerment of the human beings for women, children, and men - brought about by UNIONS and Union Leaders all through these years - in the United States of America.

Those gains won by the General Strike of 1934 are now under attack, undermined, and despicable entities are attacking the very foundations that made UNIONS strong.

The right to strike, the Union Hiring Hall, a living wage, health benefits, sound working conditions,  and other benefits that made the middle class and our Nation, strong - the United States of America - strong.

In San Francisco we all remember one of the brightest and stellar Union Leader - Harry Bridges. Harry Bridges was admired the world over - and today we have a Union Building names after him.

80 years ago residents of San Francisco and Union workers marched only to be attacked by the San Francisco Police and the National Guard.

There is monument raised to remember those workers who died - their blood spilled that we all may benefit.

 Bloody Thursday - we must not forget this day - we must NOT forget those that spilled their blood - facing those that shot and killed - even as they do today - in some measure.

Good working benefits are becoming a thing of the past.

Wages that once made the middle class is becoming rare - a thing of the past - no more - to be taken granted for.

Today, many work two and three jobs - work very hard - to pay as much as $3000 for a one room rental unit - in San Francisco.

Quality of Life issues that many enjoyed after World War II - are today a fact of the past.

More here in San Francisco. We have the filthy rich - corrupt folks - that use money - to make more money on the backs of workers - who do not have sound - benefits.

These scumbags must be put on notice - more here in San Francisco. Our City and County continues to give unnecessary breaks to companies like TWITTER - other corporations that are the scum of the Earth. 

We have 60 cranes on 60 sites - where Market Rate housing costing millions of dollars per unit are built.

Low income and no income housing is something - no one cares about.

No one is paying attention to the Housing Element - and more garnering sound housing and related benefits to families. In the last 5 years over 150,000 families have fled - San Francisco.

We have 120,000 dogs in San Francisco - and our dogs are treated better than human beings - never mind that we talk the talk - but fail to walk the walk.

Forcing thousands of San Franciscans to flee San Francisco - and thousands more - "indigent" - facing the inclement weather on the streets of San Francisco.

San Francisco one of the richest cities on this Earth.

Over 30 billionaires make their abode in San Francisco - and just one of them could wipe out the sad state of affairs - facing the poor.

The plight of those who are indigent - living on the streets of San Francisco.

Our City and County of San Francisco has a budget of $9 Billion - and yet we do not care to help those that need - help most.

Saint Anthony's, Glide Memorial, St Martin de Pores, many faith based organizations have stepped up their efforts to care for and feed the poor.

But as every year goes by - more and more poor - die on the cold streets of San Francisco.

Sellouts in the Bayview mostly Blacks who once benefited from the Unions and Union jobs - today - sell out the community - doing injustice and biting the hand that fed them.

Black pastors mostly run away from the sheep - and today amass wealth for themselves.

The Tabernacle Group instead of doing God's work - is now serving mammon - and their day will come.

The Labor Movement must be revived and the good deeds documented - and people made aware of them - in large measure.

The digital media must be used to bring the facts to the fore - and stop this rampage on the rights of Union Workers and their families - and the Labor movement.

The many families of those that belonged to the Union Movement - who for so many years - stood for what was right - the backbone of the Middle Class - that we now see - fading - before our eyes.

Again and again the Unions have met and Union Representatives done their best to come to the aid of those members who have been discriminated against.

Many Union workers who have been fired - for doing right - and speaking to the TRUTH.

The San Francisco Health Department and one Barbara Gracia - has targeted the workers who provide succor to the mentally challenged - and this nonsense must stop - at once.

San Francisco is a Labor Town - a UNION TOWN - the City and County of San Francisco employs over 37,000 Union Workers.

We have a population of about 805,000 living in San Francisco.

We can do better - and today is one day - to remember - the Unions, the Labor Movement, and especially the heroes and heroines from the Labor Movement and their families and friends.

Great Labor leaders like Harry Bridges, Dr Martin Luther King Jr., the many Unions - SEIU Local 1021, the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 104, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3,  the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10.

The Iron Workers of the State of California - San Francisco Local Union 377, United Transportation Union - Local Union 1741, San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, the 100,000 members of the San Francisco Labor Council  - Tim Paulson, Executive Director.

The Carpenters Unions, many others that I have not noted - just to give you a sense of what we have going in San Francisco.

California more - the Nation as whole even more - once had UNIONS - doing what they do best - representing the workers and fighting for their rights and benefits.

I always paid my dues - and I always prepared my cases - I never went into any arena to lose - never, ever compromised not one cent - when it came to UNION benefits.

So where are our leaders that we capitulate to spineless politicians, inept and unethical managers - who seek their own interests - and harm the workers - their families - their friends and supporters.

San Francisco can do better with our failing Transportation, more housing for those that live pay check to pay check. We need good schools, and better hospitals.

Quality of Life issues with great Recreational Facilities and Open Space to go with it.

Safety and care for all citizens, Nutrition and Child Care of our babies, sound education and training for our youth and young adults and more.

Respect for our Elders and those that worked hard and now are Retired and deprived of their savings - the spiraling of our economy.

The many ploys and machinations - that keep hurting UNION workers. We can do it and we must stand united - against the force of EVIL.

This article is dedicated to Mr James Rich was passed away - yesterday, August 31, 2014 at the age of 76 years.

Husband of Dr Espanola Jackson - a stellar advocate and my good friend from the Bayview Hunters Point area in San Francisco.

Mr James Rich served in the United States Navy and worked for the San Francisco Water Department - at Hetch Hetchy. He saw the worst kind of discrimination - the first Black electrician - to work at Hetch Hetchy.

Nothing much has changed there - today.

Mr James Rich was trained as an electrician - by the United States Navy and well respected by those he worked for.

Mr James Rich could not joined the Electricians Union - even today minorities find it difficult to join the Electricians' Union today - and even more difficult to join the UNION - those that build and repair - Elevators. 

Mr James Rich - often would comment on my articles - always encouraging me to fight for those that cannot defend themselves.

Rest in Peace - Brother - good things come to good people.

Our struggle on this Earth continues - the many Latinos, the many Asians, the many Blacks, others of color - we have ways to go - to fulfill our aspirations - while those in power daily - abuse their power.

In recent years joining  the Union is taboo - why?

The Corporations, others who want to rake in millions - prefer "out sourcing" - others shenanigans.

Corrupt and evil forces - mostly large Corporations - do not want to pay a living wage - and we call them - "scumbags" - we must fight for what is right.

This land belongs to the Native Americans - and we must take the hint and clue how the Native Americans we treated. Here in San Francisco I represent the Muwekma Ohlone - the First People of San Francisco - on matter like Labor, Unions, Infrastructure, and so on and so forth.

God bless America and God bless the worker that works hard - to put bread and butter on the table.

The Middle Class is what America is all about and must aim for.

No one must be poor, indigent - sleep on the streets and face the inclement weather.

In shelters in America and crash under bushes and bridges - in cars and wherever they can lay their head - in distress.

More in San Francisco. This City named after Saint Francis of Assisi.

God Bless San Francisco and God Bless America - the many workers and their families, friends, and supporters - this Labor Day -  Monday -September 1, 2014.