Labor Day may have started as a celebration of the American laborer and their massive contributions to the socio-economic structure of this country, as well as an acknowledgment of all the exploited men, women, and children who've never been protected by labor laws, but it's hard to argue that the holiday now holds as much significance as some pretend.
That's because the past few years have seen lower and middle class families see less and less economic growth while the top one percent's earnings are skyrocketing. The wage gap between the rich and not-even-close-to-being-rich is getting larger and larger each year.
Twitter user @ButtPraxis posted this handy-dandy chart that shows a pretty direct correlation to the drop in union memberships and income shares going to the top 10 percent.
Others chimed in, providing their own evidence that the lack of union membership as having a serious effect on the distribution of wealth in the US.
Of course, by merely posting a criticism of the current state of the economy, people started chiming in with their thoughts on capitalism.
It also started a discussion on how unions should operate.
The 1960's..when unions became corrupt and leadership started using members' dues and employer pension payments to line their own pockets.— jessica smith (@jessicasmithfsu) September 5, 2017
The solution isnt not joining unions, but joining unions that aren't capable of doing that.— AθE22 (@AOE_22) September 5, 2017
The IWW, for example.
Or joining & running for office to force out the corruption. Unions are only as good as their members allow them to be. Make it work for you— J Wilson (@PlanetStomper) September 5, 2017
While others provided a laundry list of all the things 'you should thank a union' for.
How was your Labor Day?