Celebrate Labor Day with these necessary reads

Gearing up for the long weekend? (We of course, will be open all weekend, normal hours Saturday & Sunday, 10-8 on Labor Day Monday.)

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, has been an official federal holiday since 1894. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

Interested in learning more? Enjoy this reading list!

  • Subterranean Fire, by Sharon Smith. A moving history of organized class solidarity in the U.S. extending from the 19th century up through our unstable era of Trump. This is history of which we can feel proud and these are stories that fuel a passion for what a shared struggle for freedom can make possible.
  • Women and the American Labor Movement: From the First Trade Unions to the Present, by Philip S. Foner. The inspiring stories that flow throughout this history make it abundantly clear that no struggle for freedom can be won without women. This book tells a history of a labor movement that is most successful when it is “intersectional” and puts to shame the notion that freedom for women can come if they “lean in” to their own exploitation.
  • Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, by Sarah Jaffe. An engaging and exciting on the ground account of present day American activist movements. Jaffe writes with compassion for the marginalized and with the firm conviction that their most important battles will be won through organized solidarity.
  • Don’t miss the new edition of the labor history classic From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend !

Whether you celebrate Labor Day with us, with a book, or by visiting a Union booth at the State Fair, we hope you have a great weekend!

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