Labor was invested to create capital. Unions were born to protect that investment.
Labor unions never organized laborers; employers do.
Now I ask employers, how organized do you want us? It’s your attitude that determines ours.
Yesterday your excuse was that labor deserves no more than it gets. Today it’s that domestic and foreign competition and labor wants too much.
Labor and capital built this proud, prosperous and free nation.
Labor and capital have given this country and its people the highest standard of living the world has ever known.
Capital didn’t do it alone, nor did labor unions. We did it together.
Make no mistake, whether we belong to a labor union or not, whether we even believe in a labor union or not, our standard of living was brought along by labor unions and capital.
Let’s not forget the fact that the laboring population comprises the bulk of the manpower needed in times of war to protect and defend this nation’s world enterprise system and also to consume the goods produced for a healthy, happy and strong economy.
Those economic individuals who amass wealth and power beyond the care of the nation and its people forget that a healthy, happy and strong economy leaves in its wake the world to follow.
All that American labor wants, or ever has wanted, is a good and fair portion of the wealth it helps create.
We are all members of a union; that union is the United States of America.