remain strong, vital
was an honor to participate in the "May Day Festival" at the American Labor
Museum in Haledon, with colleagues of mine from the Aesthetic Realism Theatre
Company. And I was very glad that the Herald News saw its importance as
a news event.
since various statements were attributed to me in a Herald News' May 2
article, I think it is necessary that the following points be very clear:
There is now, not a decreasing, but an increasing interest in unions on
the part of the American people. That's because the average American is
working harder, longer and for less pay and fewer benefits than he or she
did 30 years ago. There's a growing awareness in people that working together
through a union is the most hopeful and practical way of achieving fairness
on the job.
There has been an ever increasing and ferocious desire on the part of some
owners (assisted by various politicians) to destroy unions.
because they see a strong labor movement, which will have them pay people
more justly, as the greatest threat to their profits.
question now is what's more important - economic justice for Americans
or big profits for corporations?
Unions in certain European countries and Canada represent a much higher
percentage of their population than unions here in America because the
labor laws in those countries are not as brutally rigged against workers
as the labor laws have become in this country.
Meanwhile, despite all the efforts to kill or evade unions, the most powerful
fact about economics is in this beautiful statement by the great American
poet and philosopher Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism. I quoted
it on May 1: "The most important thing in industry is the person who does
the industry, which is the worker. That can never change. Labor is the
only source of wealth. There is no other source, except land, the raw material."
meaning of that statement, and the honoring of those who came before us,
those who fought and often died for the right of every American to join
a union and therefore live a more dignified life, is what the May Day holiday
is all about.
Lynch, president, Teamsters Local 1205