Labor Day will be another day at the office for employees of the Freedom Foundation.
Rather than taking a day off on Sept. 1 to honor organized labor, we will mark the final weekend of the summer on the previous Friday, Aug. 29.
We’re calling it Right-to-Work Day. If you’re going to pay tribute to something, why not the freedom to keep your job even when you choose not to join a union? I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, and it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf.
Labor Day has been an American holiday since it was signed into law in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland. According to Wikipedia, it is a “celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of their country.”
It’s one thing to honor work and workers, but it makes no sense to credit the organized labor movement, which relies on strong-arm tactics, influence-peddling and corruption to achieve its aims.
Freedom Foundation has been especially active in recent years trying to bring transparency to the relationship between Washington state government and public-sector unions. We’ve championed legislation at the state and local level that would, among other things, allow quick access to collective-bargaining negotiations and permit government workers to opt out of union membership.
If the unions were truly deserving of a holiday, they wouldn’t need to conduct their business behind closed doors and force workers to either join up or be fired. At the Freedom Foundation, we celebrate freedom of choice and transparency – ideals the labor movement has vowed to oppose. Consequently, we’ve chosen to spend our holiday honoring the right-to-work movement instead.