Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day. I hope you get a chance to come downtown to either watch the parade or march in it (more about that below).
Our elected officials and those who work for them can't get a handle on what to do about poverty. For decades they've insisted on this capitalistic philosophy of giving rich people what they want in the hopes that their wealth will flow down to us. It hasn't happened in Rochester, just like it hasn't happened in any other place in the world. Getting out of poverty requires the opportunity to earn a decent living. The problem is workers do not get to enjoy the fruits of their own labor. The profits go to the people who already have money. That is why supporting democracy in the workplace is so key to our financial health - both collectively and individually.
There are a couple of ways we can have a more democratic workplace. One is creating cooperative businesses as well as converting established companies. I've been discussing this in my campaign since the beginning, but in case you missed it, you can see more here. The other way is to establish unions in our workplaces, which is the main (but not only) focus of Labor Day.
Organized labor gets a bad rap. It's been under attack by the rich for decades. And some are pretty top heavy with a very hierarchical structure. Those two things are related. But if it wasn't for labor unions the concept of a weekend wouldn't exist and we would have no child labor laws.
And that is why you should join me this Monday at the Rochester Labor Day Parade. I would love it if you marched with us, but even if you can't, please come and watch. If you want to participate, we are meeting on Alexander Street, just south of East Avenue at 10am. The parade starts there and ends at W. Main & Fitzhugh Streets. If you just want to watch, the parade starts at 11am and you can watch downtown from East & Alexander, to Main Street and down to the County Building.