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Labor Woes Mount On This Labor Day

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:30:55 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

As people in central Illinois mark Labor Day,and take a day off work and school, one long time labor advocate is urging them to recall the origins of the holiday in protest over poor pay and working conditions. Mike Matejka also says as protests by fast food workers showed last week, some issues persist from Labor Day's origins in the 1880s...

   
"And there is again a group of workers who are saying ' I can't live on minumum wage and raise a family,' and trying to stand up and say we go to do something to organize ourselves, and bring attention to our situtation to change conditions."

Matejka says he hopes Labor Day remains a day to honor the contributions of the workers with everyday jobs.

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