May Day has one of two different meanings, depending on where you reside in the world. Most countries recognize this day, May 1st, as a beginning of summer celebration. In other places, like the U.S., it has been renamed as International Workers’ Day to raise awareness and advocate for working peoples’ rights. This date aligns with the Haymarket affair in Chicago where many people were injured and some even killed for peaceful protests. We continue these demonstrations today to advocate for fair working conditions and collective bargaining. When people work together for a common goal, when we bargain together and when we stand together, we win.
Whatever the day is to you, show a strong sense of unity and change the rules of trade, immigration and economic policy. We will send a powerful signal that the labor movement rejects all efforts to divide working people and, in turn, we will progress.
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