For many people the labor movement is a snapshot in time. It evokes memories of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seger singing songs at rallies and black and white photos of workers on strike. We might be reminded now and then that we have our weekends thanks to the Labor movement, but… that “we” doesn’t actually include all of us. Not everyone is afforded the same considerations for their personal time, and not everyone is paid for the real value of their labor.

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we wanted to stop for a moment to look at the labor movement – what it has given us, what it looks like today, and what changes in our culture of work mean for labor moving forward.

Guests: Joe Baratta, Union Member

Show Notes:
History of the Labor Movement

A Brief History: The US Department of Labor 

The history of the AFL-CIO 

After this CEO raised his company’s minimum wage to $70,000, he said the number of babies born to staff each year grew 10-fold and revenue soared 


Episode Manager: Theresa Meis

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Featured Songs:
Tired of Fighting Blues – Will Harrison

The Oldest Tale – Benjamin Carey

A Hard Day’s Work – Medite

Nothin’ Left Blues – Peter Crosby

More Hard Work – Josef Falkenskold