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Happy Labor Day

dick greenhaus 05 Sep 11 - 11:25 AM
Joe Offer 05 Sep 11 - 07:38 PM
Joe_F 05 Sep 11 - 08:21 PM
open mike 05 Sep 11 - 10:46 PM
GUEST,999 05 Sep 11 - 11:29 PM
GUEST,999 05 Sep 11 - 11:44 PM
Rog Peek 06 Sep 11 - 01:20 PM
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Subject: Happy Labor Day
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 11:25 AM

Solidarity Forever

1. When the union's inspiration
   Through the workers' blood shall run,
   There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun,
   Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
   For the Union makes us strong.

cho: Solidarity forever, solidarity forever, solidarity forever
    For the Union makes us strong.

2. Is there ought we hold in common
   With the greedy parasite?
   Who would lash us into serfdom
   And would crush us with his might,
   Is there anything left to us
   But to organize and fight?
   For the union makes us strong.

3. It is we who ploughed the prairies,
   Built the cities where they trade,
   Dug the mines and built the workshops,
   Endless miles of railroad laid;
   Now we stand outcast and starving,
   'Mid the wonders we have made,
   But the Union makes us strong.

4. All the world that's owned by idle drones
   Is ours and ours alone,
   We have laid the wide foundations
   Built it skyward, stone by stone
   It is ours! Not to slave in
   But to master and to own
   While the union makes us strong.

5. They have taken untold millions
   That they never toiled to earn,
   But without our brain and muscle
   Not a single wheel can turn;
   We can break their haughty power,
   Gain our freedom when we learn
   That the Union makes us strong.

6. In our hands is placed a power,
   Greater than their hoarded gold,
   Greater than the might of atoms,
   Magnified a thousandfold;
   We can bring to birth a new world,
   From the ashes of the old
   For the Union makes us strong.

   Written January, 1915, by Ralph Chaplin
   From a book of songs put out by the AFL-CIO.
   @union @work
   filename[ SOLIDART

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 07:38 PM

I've always liked

(Les Rice)

I've traveled 'round this country.
From shore to shining shore;
It really made me wonder
The things I heard and saw.

cho: But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the worker* sweated for.

I saw the weary farmer,
Plowing sod and loam;
l heard the auction hammer
A-knocking down his home.

l saw the seaman standing
Idly by the shore,
l heard the bosses saying,
"Got no work for you no more."

I saw the weary miner
Scrubbing coal dust from his back,
I heard his children cryin,'
"Got no coal to heat the shack."

I've seen my brothers working
Throughout this mighty land,
I prayed we'd get together
And together make a stand.

Final Chorus:
Then we'd own those banks of marble
With a guard at every door
And we'd share those vaults of silver
That we have sweated for!

*change to fit verse
Copyright 1950 by Stormking Music Inc.]
filename[ BNKMRBLE

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 08:21 PM

...the first industrial revolution, the revolution of the "dark satanic mills," was the devaluation of the human arm by the competition of machinery.... The modern industrial revolution is similarly bound to devalue the human brain, at least in its simpler and more routine decisions.... [T]aking the second revolution as accomplished, the average human being of mediocre attainments has nothing to sell that it is worth anyone's money to buy.
    The answer, of course, is to have a society based on human values other than buying or selling....
-- Norbert Wiener, _Cybernetics_ (1947)

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: open mike
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 10:46 PM
Joan Baez and her sister Mimi Farin~a sing Bread and Roses

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: GUEST,999
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 11:29 PM

From Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He was a journalist for 49 years.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his a--.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: GUEST,999
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 11:44 PM

I rec'd that as part of a larger e-mail concerning the article. Turns out it was NOT in the original article according to Snopes. However, it shoulda been, imo. The final column title was

545 vs 300,000,000 PEOPLE

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Subject: RE: Happy Labor Day
From: Rog Peek
Date: 06 Sep 11 - 01:20 PM

Sorry, day late, but thought some might find this of interest:
Joe Hill


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