DIRECTOR’S REPORT | What is Labor?

Labor Day is the time of year for union picnics and friendly parades. It was originally declared a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland to placate labor even as he was smashing the Pullman railway worker strike. The ploy didn’t work, and he lost the working-class vote in his unsuccessful bid for reelection. Socialists still enjoy our time off with labor siblings in September, but we didn’t fall for this attempt to distance the official labor movement from the Left and have taken to the streets instead on May Day, International Workers’ Day.

Read the full article in the Fall 2022 issue of Democratic Left.