Anyway, history aside, it is deeply ironic that we even have a "Labor Day," since we are, arguably, the country of the world that least values or respects labor. A couple of points that should make you cranky:
- In the US, the average CEO of a major corporation "earns" in one day what the average worker earns in a year.
- Last year, the CEO of my health insurance
klepto- corporation "earned" my annual salary every hour.
- Exact figures vary, but it's safe to say that roughly 10% of the US population controls at least 80% of the nation's wealth, while the other 90% of the population shares about 20% of the total wealth.
- Many workers who have a full-time (40 hours a week) job, and many who work at more than one job, are still around or below the poverty line and cannot afford to live in a house or apartment.
- Increasingly, even workers who have a full-time job do not have health care and cannot afford to help their children attend colleges and universities.
- Workers who attempt to unionize in the US are frequently prevented from doing so, a violation of Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.