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GOP Group Protests Labor Day By Not Giving Themselves the Day Off

A conservative group decided to forgo picnics and a day with the family this Monday, all to protest Labor Day.

The Olympia, Washington group, The Freedom Foundation, staged a ‘work-in’ today to prove that union labor does not deserve celebrating.

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” the group’s CEO Tom McCabe said.

In the past, the anti-union group has also called unions “a rampant disease that is destroying our state” and have vehemently called for an end to workers rights groups altogether to ‘save’ America.

In response to their decision to work today, one union member, journalist Danny Westneat called McCabe and his big bucks foundation out on their faulty thinking about unions and their alleged destruction.

“McCabe runs a $3 million-per-year organization, so he’s not just some crazy dude ranting on the corner,” Westneat pointed out. “And versions of his views are not uncommon among conservatives or in the corridors of business (remember the ‘makers’ and the ‘takers?).”

He also questioned how McCabe could blame the unions for ruining society so much, when so few people actually belong to organized labor groups these days.

Only 12 percent of American workers even belong to unions anymore. Yet we — I say “we” because I’m in that 12 percent — somehow retain an almost supernatural mind-meld authority over the oppressed and hapless other 88 percent?” he questioned, wondering how McCabe figured workers have so much power over big business with their numbers dwindling.

Ironically, the conservative groups ‘work-in’ may also actually draw attention to another, much larger group that had no choice but to show up to work today because they have few protections – and no paid time off – at their non-union jobs.

While today was a holiday across America, for Americas lowest paid workers – many in the service and fast food industries – today was just another day at work. 

Photo Credit: Annette Bernhardt

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