Labor Day's religious roots

Published: Monday, Sept. 2 2013 8:40 p.m. MDT

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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