It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.- Franklin D. Roosevelt
My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.- Mother Jones
In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being
fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and
no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of
collective bargaining... We demand this fraud be stopped.- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and bruised itself.
We have been enjoined by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the
militia, traduced by the press, frowned upon in public opinion, and
deceived by politicians. But notwithstanding all this and all these,
labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever
known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization as
is the setting of the sun.- Eugene V. Debs
The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall
help the weak. The strength of a strong man is a prideful thing, but the
unfortunate thing in life is that strong men do not remain strong. And
it is just as true of unions and labor organizations as is true of men
and individuals. And whereas today the craft unions of this country may
be able to stand upon their own feet and like mighty oaks stand before
the gale, defy the lightning, yet the day may come when those
organizations will not be able to withstand the lightning and the gale.
Now, prepare yourselves by making a contribution to your less fortunate
brethren... Organize the unorganized!- John L. Lewis