Organized Labor - Proud and Free
Labor Day - a creation of the Labor Movement - is a holiday intended to celebrate the toils of workers around the nation; a day to acknowledge the social and economic achievement of employees and employers. It is, in fact, the workers who make and keep our economy strong. Along with Labor Day, we now celebrate Labor History Month in May.
Not since the Great Depression have we experienced such volatility in our economy - volatility that is causing uncertainty and insecurity from the highest-paid CEOs to those retired or unable to work.
As we honor our workers every day - and particularly those who hold our children's futures in their hands, our educators - we also need to pull together and do the right thing to help return the economy to a healthier state.
It's time to strengthen our resolve and to reinvigorate the Union Movement. Working for a common goal -with everyone paying their fair share - will propel us to the more prosperous time of the recent past, a time when weren't stripping education budgets and other vital services, but enhancing them.
What you can do:
Review our Tax Fairness section. See how inequity in the tax system is adding to the fall in our economy.
Check our Budget section, and in particular log in to the "2012-13 Budget" tab on that page. Learn about how budget cuts are impacting K-12 education.
Read our Unionism articles from the California Educator magazine. These articles are intended to empower you and to move you to take action as a proud union member.
View CTA's History Timeline - see the progress made on behalf of educators over the past 149 years.
Arm yourself with knowledge: Read compelling article on importance of unions to the middle class.
Labor History Resources