37 Reasons to Thank the Labor Movement

The labor movement in the U.S. grew out of the need to protect the interests of workers. Work was hell, so some badasses in the industrial sector organized labor unions and fought for better wages, safer working conditions, and reasonable hours. Efforts of the movement led to the ending of child labor, the granting of health benefits, and aid to workers who were injured or retired. Strikes happened all over, but the earliest recorded one happened in 1798 when New York journeymen tailors protested a wage reduction. And because of them, we have it pretty sweet. Here's 37 reasons to thank the labor movement. Weekends without work All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks Paid vacation Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Sick leave Social Security Minimum wage Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination 8-hour work day Overtime pay Child labor laws Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) 40-hour work week Workers' compensation (workers' comp) Unemployment insurance Pensions Workplace safety standards and regulations Employer health care insurance Collective bargaining rights for employees Wrongful termination laws Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) Whistleblower protection laws Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS) Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises) Sexual harassment laws Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Holiday pay Employer dental, life, and vision insurance Privacy rights Pregnancy and parental leave Military leave The right to strike Public education for children Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work Laws ending sweatshops in the United States Sunday Funday

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