Labor Day's heart can be traced back to unions' fight for fairness and equality. This ethos has resulted in union workers earning more than nonunion workers - females earn 23% more, Black workers earn 20% more, and Latino workers earn 20% more.
But since its peak in the mid-1950s, union membership has steadily decreased. As membership in unions declined so has the middle class while the ultra wealthy got richer.
But there is good news. A recent Gallup poll showed that 71% of Americans approve of labor unions - the highest since Gallup has recorded on this measure since 1965! And 2022 featured many high-profile union victories at major American corporations such as Amazon, Starbucks, and Chipotle.
So as we move into Labor Day weekend, what can you do to support workers?
You can be sure to choose Union Made products (see graphic below)
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