Guest Perspective: Unions make things work

San Mateo Daily Journal Guest Op-Ed

By Julie Lind

Most folks have heard the saying/seen the bumper sticker: “Unions — the people who brought you the weekend.” This Labor Day weekend, we ask you to remember why we celebrate and reflect on the positive impact that unions have had and continue to have on our society. Weekends off, overtime pay/the eight-hour day, OSHA protections, child labor laws, paid leave, workers comp, wage laws, Social Security, free public education and so much more would not have happened without the American labor movement. And organized labor continues to lead the critical work to protect and enhance these rights and benefits through our collective efforts.

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