The people united will never be defeated.— Cesar Chavez
Informative Labor Union quotations
Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom.
What can Labor do for itself? The answer is not difficult.
Labor can organize, it can unify; it can consolidate its forces. This done, it can demand and command.
There is no substitute for hard work.
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.
The essence of trade unionism is social uplift.
The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.
No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country... By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level - I mean the wages of decent living.
Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such 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.
One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.
Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.
Our movement is of the working people, for the working people, by the working people. . . . There is not a right too long denied to which we do not aspire in order to achieve; there is not a wrong too long endured that we are not determined to abolish.
Labor never quits. We never give up the fight - no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes.
It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
The best customer of American industry is the well paid worker.
The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.
If capitalism is fair then unionism must be.
If men and women have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men and women to capitalize their labor.
In the ten years I was president of the Teamsters, I had raised the membership from eight hundred thousand to more than 2 million and made it the largest single labor union the world.
When fewer workers have unions, the standard of living falls for everyone and the gap between the rich and poor grows.
Every advance in this half-century-Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another-came with the support and leadership of American Labor.
You have got to unite in the same labor union and in the same political party and strike and vote together, and the hour you do that, the world is yours.
The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall help the weak.
Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie-labor is fighting for a larger pie.
The basic goal of labor will not change.
It is - as it has always been, and I am sure always will be - to better the standards of life for all who work for wages and to seek decency and justice and dignity for all Americans.
Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration
It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior ofcapital, and deserves muchthe higher consideration.
The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.
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 history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it!
I'm a lobbyist and had a career lobbying.
The guy who gets elected or the lady who gets elected president of the United States will immediately be lobbying. They would be advocating to the Congress, they'll be lobbying our allies and our adversaries overseas. They'll be asking the business community and labor unions.
Labor cannot stand still. It must not retreat. It must go on, or go under.
The same old caveman feeling-greed, envy, violence, and mutual hate, which along the way assumed respectable pseudonyms like class struggle, racial struggle, mass struggle, labor-union struggle-are tearing our world to pieces.
Every piece of progressive social legislation passed by Congress in the 20th century bears a union label.
The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.