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"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome."


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. 

As we honor our workers every day - and particularly those who hold our children's futures in their hands, our educators - we acknowledge it's time to strengthen our resolve and to reinvigorate the Union Movement. Working for a common goal - with everyone paying their fair share - can propel us into a bright and economically sound future for generations to come. 

Learn more:

 See our Tax Fairness area and how inequity in the tax system has been a detriment to our economy.
 Check our Budget section. See how students will benefit from the passage of Prop. 55, which extends income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians and prevents severe cuts to public education.
 Read Unionism articles from the California Educator. These articles are intended to empower you and to move you to take action as a proud union member, also view Local Bargaining Updates.
 See the progress made on behalf of educators over the past 150-plus years.

Labor History Resources


"Considering the great boost to pay and benefits that unions bring, it’s important that anyone who cares about the well-being of women workers also care about unions."

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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