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Today is May Day, a universal recognition of labor everywhere save the U.S.: We have “Labor Day” in September, which serves as a proxy for the end of summer. Thus, Labor Day is a bit of a downer, even if the weather doesn’t start to change towards fall for another month.
May Day, however, has always been tinged with workers’ movements, socialism, communism, etc., etc., so its always been viewed as a little unseemly, hence the U.S. had to create its own day for labor recognition.
Nevertheless, labor is a hot-button issue these days in the U.S., so May Day seems to be a good day to post on labor issues.
Wait. What labor issues? Who’s talking about labor issues?
Well, if truth be told, the entire immigration reform battle, er, discussion, revolves around the labor issue, not the immigration issue. More specifically, cheap labor, and more specifically than that, cheap skilled labor. Continue reading