Five Ways America Would Be Different Without Labor Unions

On Labor Day, we come together to thank all the American workers who built this great country—and to recognize the millions who wake up every morning to build us an even better future. There’s one group that deserves a special thanks: America’s labor unions.

Here are five ways America would look different without labor unions:

1. Weekends as we know them wouldn’t exist: Union strikes in the early 20th century led to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which created federal worker protections like the 40-hour workweek. With these new rules on how much employers had to pay—and on how many hours employees should be expected to work—weekends off became the norm ... more

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