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Labor Union Quotes


"You have got to unite in the same labor union and in the same political party and strike and vote together, and the hour you do that, the world is yours." - Eugene V Debs

"Labor humanizes, exalts." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"What did in the Soviet Union was the Soviet Union." - Robert Dallek

"In union there is strength." - Aesop

"I come from labor country. My mom was a teacher and was very involved in the teachers' union." - John Wells

"In the no-nonsense school of adversity, which we did not choose for ourselves, we are learning how to operate a labor union." - Cesar Chavez

"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

"In my college years, I worked as a union labor organizer. I was just one of the many workers trying to do my part to help the community." - Jimmy Smits

"My parents were both union members, and I grew up hearing how important it was to empower workers and have fair labor practices." - Hilda Solis

"...boredom was as exhausting as backbreaking labor." - Jung Chang

"The insupportable labor of doing nothing." - Richard Steele

"No labor, however humble, is dishonoring." - The Talmud

"Taste the joy That springs from labor." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"From labor there shall come forth rest." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Virtue's guard is labor; ease, her sleep." - Torquato Tasso

"Labor diligently to increase your property." - Horace

"Labor union members, especially white men, are the target group for Donald Trump. He's had a lot of success in getting their support. So, it's not at all clear that labor unions will be able to do as much as they once could to get their members to actually vote for the candidate the union itself supports." - Susan Page

"Labor with the heart, when the heart is pure and true, is the noblest labor." - Karl G Maeser

"One finds fortunes built on slave labor, indentured labor, prison labor, immigrant labor, female labor, child labor, and scab labor - backed by the lethal force of gun thugs and militia. 'Old money' is often little more than dirty money laundered by several generations of possession." - Michael Parenti

"My muse must come to me on union time." - George Balanchine

"The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union." - Thomas Jefferson

"A national language is a band of national union." - Noah Webster

"As love is union, it knows no extremes of distance." - Juana Ines de la Cruz

"The same old caveman feeling-greed, envy, violence, and mutual hate, which along the way assumed respectable pseudonyms like class struggle, racial struggle, mass struggle, labor-union struggle-are tearing our world to pieces." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Today I send this message to every emerging global corporation: "justice; family, community, and union" are the same in every language and, wherever you go and whatever you do, a new global labor movement is coming to find you." - Andy Stern

"The president's attempted diktat takes money from bondholders and gives it a labor union that delivers money and votes for him.... Shaking down lenders for the benefit of political donors is recycled corruption and the abuse of power." - Cliff Asness

"It might be the first time - certainly the first time in my lifetime that a major policy address by a Republican presidential nominee [Donald Trump] so heavily relied on data and studies from a labor-union-backed think tank." - Avik Roy

"In the ten years I was president of the Teamsters, I had raised the membership from eight hundred thousand to more than 2 million and made it the largest single labor union the world." - Jimmy Hoffa

"And what is liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties - liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, or labor, or trade?" - Frederic Bastiat

"I listen. I meet with everybody, I don't care what their political persuasion is - whether it be a labor union or small-business folks or individuals who have problems. But I meet with everybody and listen." - Tom Latham

"Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing." - Rose Schneiderman

"Labor must work harder to attract and retain members. The party should be cheaper to join with discounted rates available for union members as well as for students, pensioners, and people out of work." - Bill Shorten

"The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at." - Simone Weil

"Sage," Adrian declared. "These hands don't do manual labor." - Richelle Mead

"The best labor saving device is doing it tomorrow" - Anonymous

"Next to faith in God, is faith in labor." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Having a baby is definitely a labor of love." - Joan Rivers

"To love and to labor is the sum of living." - Anais Nin

"The origin of the labor movement lies in self-defense ..." - Mary Ritter Beard

"Labor ? Unions are the leading force for ? democratization and ? progress ." - Noam Chomsky

"Labor is getting more expensive and technology is getting cheaper." - Andrew Lo

"To create a little flower is the labor of ages." - William Blake

"Good to sell knowledge for labor, honor for risk." - Proverbs

"The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows." - Robert Frost

"The demand for commodities is not the demand for labor." - John Stuart Mill

"God sells us all things at the price of labor." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"The vast majority of the CGI budget is labor." - Peter Jackson

"Friction is necessary for motion, labor necessary for birth." - Mimi Kennedy

"Everything in the world is purchased by labor." - David Hume

"Man was born to be rich, or inevitably grows rich by the use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thus a new way of finding fluidity will inevitably be imposed on management and labor alike. The profit-sharing, or "progress" sharing union contract is the only possible way of satisfying labor and the consumer without saddling industry with fixed costs that in depression periods can kill off marginal companies like flies." - John Chamberlain

"Within two weeks of moving into the White House, Obama signed a series of executive orders championed by union bosses. The new rules authorized sweeping powers for the labor secretary that essentially blackball nonunion contractors targeted by labor organizers and blacklist nonunion employees in the private sector from working on taxpayer-funded projects." - Michelle Malkin

"I think you'll see if you look at 'Up', we've focused a lot on labor (and the forces trying to keep labor down) and have featured everything from Wal Mart workers, to on-the-ground organizers, to union presidents to restaurant workers sitting at the table sharing their experience and expertise." - Chris Hayes

"Labor unions have a long history of benefitting all workers, even those who are not members of unions, because everyone's wages go up. If we don't increase membership - and membership in labor unions is going down because of the attacks against organized labor - it's something every single American, whether they're officially in a union or not, should be concerned about. It's a spiral. It's a weakening of the middle class and our economy can't sustain that." - Nina Turner

"The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity." - Julia Cameron

"Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities." - Robert Nozick

"Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation." - George Bernard Shaw

"A basic assumption shapes most Americans" mindset about labor: the belief that the death of unions is' my problem because I'm not in a union. That assumption is wrong. Even if you are' a member, your pay is influenced by the strength or weakness of organized labor. The presence of unions sets off a wage race to the top. Their absence sets off a race to the bottom." - Eric Liu

"A basic assumption shapes most Americans' mindset about labor: the belief that the death of unions isn't my problem because I'm not in a union. That assumption is wrong. Even if you aren't a member, your pay is influenced by the strength or weakness of organized labor. The presence of unions sets off a wage race to the top. Their absence sets off a race to the bottom." - Eric Liu

"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

"The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American." - Thomas Jefferson

"All your strength is in union, all your danger is in discord." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Yoga means union, that in your experience, everything has become one." - Jaggi Vasudev

"The union of nature and soul removes the veil of ignorance that covers our intelligence." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." - Aleister Crowley

"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign states." - John C Calhoun

"Delivering the State of the Union? That bloke couldn't deliver pizza." - Clive James

"The Soviet Union was pretty much what Lenin and Trotsky said it was." - Noam Chomsky

"Union gives strength." - Aesop

"It's a European Union of economic failure, of mass unemployment and of low growth." - Nigel Farage

"Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies." - Dario Argento

"Some employees are protected by union or personal contracts that limit reasons for dismissal." - Bill Dedman

"Society is the union of men and not the men themselves." - Charles De Secondat

"I'm pro Union." - J K Rowling

"How many State of the Union addresses do people remember? They don't resonate that way." - Robert Dallek

"Apparently, union bosses are so distraught about declining enrollments they will stoop to exploiting illegal workers. There is no doubt that this would hurt American workers, who would suddenly face a flooded job market full of cheap foreign labor. It would depress the wages of the American workers and cost them jobs." - Lamar S Smith

"Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change. Walter Reuther defined power one day. He said, "Power is the ability of a labor union like the U.A.W. to make the most powerful corporation in the world, General Motors, say 'Yes' when it wants to say 'No.' That's power."" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There may be here and there a worker who for certain reasons unexplainable to us does not join a union of labor. That is his right. It is his legal right, no matter how morally wrong he may be. It is his legal right, and no one can or dare question his exercise of that legal right." - Samuel Gompers

"In all the history of organized labor, from the earliest times to the present day, no body of union workingmen ever served in a more humiliating and debasing role than that in which the railway unions appear at this very hour before the American people and the world." - Eugene V Debs

"a great deal of the wealth at the top is built on the low-wage labor of the poor. Take Wal-Mart, our largest private employer and premiere exploiter of the working class. ... You think it's a coincidence that this union-busting low-wage retail empire happens to have generated a $65 billion family fortune?" - Barbara Ehrenreich

"The current health care takeover proposals feature a crucial payoff to Big Labor - a golden exemption from any tax on union members' generous health care benefits. The friends and patrons of Obama may be making out like bandits. But for everyone else, the Democrats' ideological bankruptcy comes at a nauseatingly steep price." - Michelle Malkin

"We are a nation of communities, of tens and tens of thousands of ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional, and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary, and unique... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." - George H W Bush

"We have seen a central government promote the power of labor-union bosses, and in turn be supported by that power, until it has become entirely too much a government of and for one class, which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted most to prevent." - Robert Welch

"It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor." - Francis Wright

"The so-called second New Deal of 1935 - including the Works Progress Administration, Social Security and the Wagner Act legalizing union labor - represented an effort to meet the rising voices demanding a more aggressive government approach to the collapse of national prosperity." - Robert Dallek

"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

"I feel sometimes that there's this sense that people are poor because they want to be, or they're working-class because they want to be or because they don't work hard enough. I feel like there's this demonization of working people in general, but specifically definitely labor union members." - Linda Sanchez

"The unions claim the deck is stacked against them when it comes to labor laws, but the truth is many private and public sector workers are forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment, yet they have little say in how the unions spend their money." - Linda Chavez

"Well, look, let me put it this way. Back in 2005, when I was a freshman, I - I was the first Democrat to support CAFTA. My labor union folks made me their number-one target. They came after me, and I'm still here." - Henry Cuellar

"For small community banks and credit unions, like those in Central and Northern Wisconsin, the hundreds of new rules will require an estimated 2,260,631 labor hours just for compliance. Those are hours that your local bank or credit union will spend dealing with some Washington bureaucrat instead of focusing on the needs of customers like you." - Sean Duffy

"In the late 19th century there was a major union organization, Knights of Labor, and also a radical populist movement based on farmers. It's hard to believe, but it was based in Texas, and it was quite radical. They wanted their own banks, their own cooperatives, their own control over sales and commerce." - Noam Chomsky

"We have seen a central government promote the power of labor-union bosses, and in turn be supported by that power, until it has become entirely too much a government of and for one class, which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted most to prevent." - Robert W Welch Jr

"It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor." - Frances Wright

"There is no more futile punishment than futile and hopeless labor." - Albert Camus

"There's no labor a man can do that's undignified-if he does it right." - Bing Crosby

"The happiness of men consists in life. And life is in labor." - Leo Tolstoy

"There is happiness in the love of labor, there is misery in the love of gain." - Abraham Joshua Heschel

"You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor." - Jim Rohn

"Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Labor is God's education." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No labor is hopeless." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"Workmen's compensation, hours and conditions of labor are cold consolations, if there be no employment." - Calvin Coolidge

"It's often overlooked. It's labor. That's at the heart of ? collaboration ." - Martin Scorsese

"Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art." - Anonymous

"With starving labor pampering idle waste; To tear at pleasure the defected land." - James Thomson

"Not all the labor of the earth Is done by hardened hands." - Will Carleton

"The object of the labor was small, but not the fame." - Virgil

"Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind; and hence arises the happiness of the poor." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"I have lost my oil and my labor. (Labored in vain.) [Lat., Oleum et operam perdidi.]" - Plautus

"An integrated cup of coffee isn't sufficient pay for four hundred years of slave labor." - Malcolm X

"No one wants to hear about the labor pains, they just want to see the baby." - Lou Brock

"Labor is no disgrace." - Hesiod

"Clamorous pauperism feastest While honest Labor, pining, hideth his sharp ribs." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"What is there that is illustrious that is not also attended by labor?" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Moderate labor of the body conduces to the preservation of health, and cares many initial diseases." - William Harvey

"In our democracy we must have a partnership of labor, of business and of government." - Charles H Percy

"Prosperity is the fruit of labor. It begins with saving money." - Abraham Lincoln

"Then she cried without tears, which is said to hurt even more like dry labor." - Laura Esquivel

"To labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution." - Steven Pressfield

"Labor: a powerful medicine." - Saint John Chrysostom

"Don't condescend to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first." - Brooks Atkinson

"Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labor." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades?" - Edwin Markham

"Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind; poetry can only be considered its recreation." - Francis Bacon

"Luck whines; labor whistles." - Samuel Smiles

"A labor strike will tear away a lot of the good things going for this league." - Ron Jaworski

"I find that arduous physical labor can jump-start my thought process." - Jane Fonda

"He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor." - Menander

"The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal." - Menander

"If he wants their labor, let them go to work, without regard to politics." - Charles E Merrill

"Without labor nothing prospers." - Sophocles

"Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those - regardless of their political party - who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The community itself didn't support the union. Now that's kind of interesting about [Barack] Obama, because Obama was supposedly a community organizer in Chicago at that time. Now I'm sure he read the Chicago Tribune, so he knew about it, but when he went to show his solidarity with the workforce, the first place he went was Caterpillar. I don't think he's forgotten, and the labor movement didn't react. Even radical labor historians didn't remember. It was only 15 years ago, after all, but that's a real triumph of propaganda in many ways." - Noam Chomsky

"Historically, labor unions arose when people had gotten a taste of a different lifestyle and were willing to pay a lot more for their basic livelihood and had gotten into a fix they couldn't get out of - because they had accepted the unacceptable to begin with. Accepting something you have to form a labor union to fight after the fact only tells me that people were acting against their own best (or even good) interests for a long time. I don't see any rational, coherent explanation for this sort of behavior in humans, but it's all over the place." - Erik Naggum

"The Civil War created in this country what had never existed before - a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union." - Woodrow Wilson

"The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern." - Henry Kissinger

"The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal." - William James

"Ideas are, in truth, forces. Infinite, too, is the power of personality. A union of the two always makes history." - Henry James

"Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet." - Richard M. Nixon

"New York, like the Soviet Union, has this universal usefulness: It makes you glad you live elsewhere." - John Updike

"Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation." - Mark Twain

"Major League Baseball's labor negotiations involve two paradoxes. The players' union's primary objective is to protect the revenues of a very few very rich owners - principally, the Yankees'. The owners' primary objective is a more egalitarian distribution of wealth. The union believes that unconstrained spending by the richest three teams pulls up all payrolls. Most owners believe that baseball's problems-competitive imbalance, the parlous financial conditions of many clubs-result from large and growing disparities of what are mistakenly treated as 'local' revenues." - George Will

"I don't feel that there is anything deep in the political culture that prevents "educating the masses." I'm old enough to recall vividly the high level of culture, general and political, among first-generation working people during the Great Depression. Workers' education was lively and effective, union-based - mostly the vigorous rising labor movement, reviving from the ashes of the 1920s. I've often seen independent and impressive initiatives in working-class and poor and deprived communities today." - Noam Chomsky

"It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy; and the two cannot be separated with impunity." - John Ruskin

"The trade agreement has become a rather distinct feature of the American labor movement. ... It is based on the idea that labor shall accept the capitalist system of production and make terms of peace with it." - Mary Ritter Beard

"In a contrary and perhaps cruel way the twentieth century has relieved us of labor without at the same time relieving us of the conviction that only labor is meaningful." - Walter Kerr

"Knowledge without labor is profitless. Knowledge with labor is genius." - Gordon B Hinckley

"Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over." - Henry George

"Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor." - Confucius

"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking." - Joshua Reynolds



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