Like Memorial Day, Labor Day has devolved into a day to mark a limit of summer with barbecues and outings.
But it began as a day to mark support for labor unions, an organizing arm of the Democratic Party.
I am a benefitee of union benefits.
My skilled trades training and certification were based on union negotiation.
However, I almost was screwed out of skilled trades by a committeeman who was denying me points I had been assured I would receive, based on service related experience.
This to get someone he favored into the coveted position.
I went into his office and threatened to sue the union and him personally should I not be accepted.
It wasn't long after that I was informed of my apprenticeship.
After the plant closed and I was recruited for various positions over the years, I would occasionally be told that it was a union position, which I would decline.
When asked why, I would reply that I did not want to work in an environment where I work to my aspirations and be held back by a union contract, making no more than the least competent employee in my group.
I once accepted an offer of Plant Manger (a position I had held before) only to find on arrival it was a union shop.
That meant I could not pick up a tool or assist in any labor.
I walked out the door and took another offer as a maintenance technician.
That's what I think of unions,