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The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.
Never forget, people DIED for the eight hour workday.
The role of a labor union is to ensure that the balance is not tipped in favor of the employer when employees do not receive wages and benefits commensurate with their contribution.
It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.