Labor Day has religious roots, but the labor movement has forgotten that heritage, writes Adon Taft, which is one of the reasons for the movements steady decline.
Taft, in a commentary published by Religion News Service, cites religion-and-economics expert Lew Daly who said "unions and religious institutions used to find common ground in the struggle for rights of association and a legitimate, protected place in public law.' Unions were strongest not when they used the coercive powers of the strike or litigation but when their 'religious ideas helped to expose profound tensions in American liberalism around labor issues generally and the place of unions in particular.'"
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