As we approach the Labor Day holiday weekend, we wanted to take a moment to remember why we celebrate labor on this date.
If it were not for the union movement and what unions stand for, our workforce would look very different today. APC, as well as other unions, are built on the foundation of those that came before us.
Those people fought and sacrificed for our right to work in a safe and healthy environment, with fair wages, fair hours of work, weekends and paid holidays, including benefits such as health insurance and a pension.
It’s important to understand the history of unions and where it all started. The union movement in the United States began in New York on September 5, 1882. This celebration grew out of the discontent of the horrendous working conditions faced by American workers.
As Americans, we must acknowledge our past, even the ugly and dark times, in order to understand the atrocities that have been made against the working class in the name of profit and greed. As union members, we must all commit to the fair and equitable treatment of every employee.
As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, APC, and other unions, continue to fight for your rights. We are constantly working to ensure that current policies protect our members and their livelihoods.
We must safeguard the gains we have garnered in contractual bargaining and continue to advocate for all our members. That is why we choose to come together as a group. Our strength is in our numbers and our commitment.
Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend with your families and friends!
APC Executive Board, Labor Relations and Campus Stewards