The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Labor Day Then and Now

Aug 29, 2022

More recently, at least through the 1960s, many cities had large Labor Day parades. Detroit, Michigan, heart of the auto industry, following the earlier decades of struggle, saw Labor Day parades of hundreds of thousands of workers, led by local unions.

But with the union movement shrinking over the past 60 years, fewer and fewer places celebrate labor on the first Monday in September. In Detroit, top union leaders called off the Labor Day parade this year.

Whatever their reasons, working people can take advantage of Labor Day to show solidarity, to celebrate what working people have accomplished, and to demand what we need.

A salute to those who remember!