Thirty-Six Ways in Which Labor Unions Have Benefited American Workers


Three years ago, a blogger who signs his or her posts “TheNewDeal00” posted the following list to the progressive blog The Daily Kos. The post went viral, and on each subsequent Labor Day weekend, he or she has reposted the list framed with a fresh commentary. The list is titled “36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union,” and it should be read by everyone who wonders whether organized labor matters:

All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws

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