In a "what have you done for me lately" world, there is little that labor can now offer and it is increasingly difficult to envision future circumstances for reversing its sagging political and economic fortunes.
Joe Hill was a labor activist in the early 1900's -- the sort you used to hear more about in American popular culture. This Labor Day, I wonder what he would make of the demise of unions and the struggles of American workers.
There is nothing that Big Business, Wall Street, and the wealthy fear more than worker solidarity, whether in the form of street protests or general strikes. Which is why they continue to demonize organized labor.