Labor Movement quotes:

  • The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth. -- Wendell Phillips
  • The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America. -- John F. Kennedy
  • The question is always 'What is the role of a labor movement?' How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers? -- Andy Stern
  • Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement and as a result of the globalization of capital. -- Angela Davis
  • All the time our union was progressing very nicely. There were lectures to make us understand what trades unionism is and our real position in the labor movement. -- Rose Schneiderman
  • I have been very interested in labor movement. If I could have wished another life, I would have loved to be a pioneer woman in the beginning of labor movement. -- Astrid Lindgren
  • Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today. -- Angela Davis
  • It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. -- Barack Obama
  • What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays' Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people... Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie... Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it's down to us. -- Jim Hightower
  • The labor movement must be destroyed. -- Karl Rove
  • So May 4th in the labor movement has always been an important date. -- William Kunstler
  • The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall help the weak. -- John L. Lewis
  • If we don't have workers organized into labor unions, we're in great peril of losing our democracy. -- Dolores Huerta
  • I think we will see a united labor movement again. When workers unite they're stronger. The same goes for unions. -- John Sweeney
  • My parents had been involved in the labor movement; if we'd grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies. -- Holly Near
  • The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor. -- A. Philip Randolph
  • I would say the issue for the labor movement in the United States is not structural... there is no correlation between the success of workers and how the labor movement is structured. -- Andy Stern
  • The strike of the miners in Arizona was one of the most remarkable strikes in the history of the American labor movement. Its peaceful character, its successful outcome, were due to that most remarkable character, Governor Hunt. -- Mary Harris Jones
  • Before the war there were many who were more or less ignorant of the international labor movement but who nevertheless turned to it for salvation when the threat of war arose. They hoped that the workers would never permit a war. -- Hjalmar Branting
  • The history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it! -- Hubert H. Humphrey
  • In England, there are only two things to be, basically: You are either for the labor movement or for the capitalist movement. Either you become a right-wing Archie Bunker if you are in the class I am in, or you become an instinctive socialist, which I was. -- John Lennon
  • The labor movement is people. Our unions have brought millions of men and women together, made them members one of another, and given them common tools for common goals. Their goals are goals for all America - and their enemies are the enemies for progress. The two cannot be separated. -- John F. Kennedy
  • There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. Well work for it, sisters and brothers. Well stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America. To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other. -- Richard Trumka
  • There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. We'll work for it, sisters and brothers. We'll stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America. To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other. -- Richard Trumka
  • I had never before seen my friends come in beaten, their heads laid open, their noses broken, or seen them jailed for peaceably demonstrating that they wanted work. I had only known how workers lived. Now I was face to face with what our society did to workers who could get no work. -- Mary Heaton Vorse
  • 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. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To me, the labor movement was never just a way of getting higher wages. What appealed to me was the spiritual side of a great cause that created fellowship. You wanted the girl or the man who worked beside you to be treated just as well as you were, and an injury to one was the concern of all. -- Rose Schneiderman
  • History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The origin of the labor movement lies in self-defense ... -- Mary Ritter Beard
  • They's making it worse, the labor movement got the mafia curse. -- Frank Zappa
  • The labor movement has a great role to play in our country today. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The labor movement can be rebuilt, as has happened before after sharp declines. -- Noam Chomsky
  • The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it's called the Bush Administration. -- Edward Kennedy
  • [The labor movement is] a movement of the working people, for the working people, by the working people, governed by ourselves, with its policies determined by ourselves... -- Samuel Gompers
  • Trump's principal policies make clear what's going to happen. This gives an opportunity. Right now it's going to take hard work, but it's possible that there could be a real revival of the labor movement. -- Noam Chomsky