Here’s What a Progressive President’s Labor Day Statement Should Look Like


Statement by President Lyndon Johnson, Labor Day, 1968.

THE TRADEMARK of the American labor movement has long been an unyielding stand for individual dignity and economic justice.

On this Labor Day, with employment hitting an all-time peak of almost 78 million and a record proportion of citizens sharing in our Nation’s vast wealth, this stand is paying off better than ever.

America’s record prosperity stands as a monument to labor’s unflagging efforts to guarantee working men and women, and their families, their rightful stake in our national life.

It was not by mere accident that America’s major thrust for social justice came after the Wagner Act of 1935 established our first national code of free collective bargaining.

For this law, assuring our working people a much stronger voice in their own destinies, helped pave the way for an impressive stream of humanitarian programs over the next three decades.

These programs–and…

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