Working Class get scant attention in mainstream media

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Working Class get scant attention in mainstream media
lagatta4

In Québec in the 1970s and even early 1980s, every major media outlet had at least one labour reporter. Even le Journal de Montréal often had very sympathetic labour reporting - while it was vulgar, overflowing with "sex, blood and scandal", it had not taken on the hard right tack it was to later on. Probably for utterly mercantile reasons. Nowadays labour reporting is a subset of business news, and labour leaders - much less rank-and-file workers and union militants - are rarely profiled.

And unfortunately, this seems to be a global trend.

josh

Yes, this is true.  And the working class is virtually ignored in the corporatized culture.

Unionist

With all due respect, Labour Day is May 1. It's high time that International Working Class Day meant more than U.S. "labour" day - an event which was created specifically to counter the revolutionary content of May 1. The Québec labour movement has long marked workers' day on May 1. In Manitoba, the tradition of May 1 marches goes back over 40 years, and I'm pleased to see that they are continuing with support from Winnipeg Labour Council. 

Let's return to May 1, please.

josh

Actually, it was a union in the U.S. that pushed for the day.

https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

May 1 was designated “Law Day” to combat May Day.

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lagatta4

Yes, May Day is International Workers' Day. Certainly, some of the more conservative craft unions in the US preferred Labo(u)r Day, though remember that May Day commemorates Haymarket, an important event in US labour history.

Here it is a welcome day off and the last holiday in summer, but our marches are on the 1st of May.

Mobo2000

Happy Labour Day babblers!   Hope it's sunny where you are.

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Well said Unionist, particularly after the current US president attacked a Labour Leader today, of all days.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.independent.ie/world-news/trump-attacks-union-leader-on-labour-day-37277536.html

Unionist wrote:

With all due respect, Labour Day is May 1. It's high time that International Working Class Day meant more than U.S. "labour" day - an event which was created specifically to counter the revolutionary content of May 1. The Québec labour movement has long marked workers' day on May 1. In Manitoba, the tradition of May 1 marches goes back over 40 years, and I'm pleased to see that they are continuing with support from Winnipeg Labour Council. 

Let's return to May 1, please.

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Unionist

josh wrote:

Actually, it was a union in the U.S. that pushed for the day.

Josh - "Labor Day" was proclaimed to oppose May Day. Here's the briefest explanation I could find:

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May Day, or International Workers' Day was a day for remembering the workers who died during the Haymarket affair of 1886.[3] During a General Strike in Chicago, Illinois, an unknown person threw a bomb into the crowd, prompting police to fire into the crowd, killing civilians and police alike. The same day in 1890, Raymond Lavigne called for international demonstrations to commemorate the day.[3] In 1894 the Pullman Strike in Illinois, as well as this series of unemployed workers' riots on May Day in Cleveland, prompted U.S. President Grover Cleveland to propose a bill that would make a Labor Day a national public holiday.[4] After the Haymarket Square riot in May, 1886, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the riots.[5] May Day celebrations have diminished in the United States, because of the creation of Labor Day.[3]

May Day originated in the U.S., and was adopted by workers around the world as a day of rising up against exploitation. "Labor Day" also originated in the U.S. Canada made the wrong choice. One day, we'll fix that.

Mobo2000

Thanks for the info Unionist.   Still going out on Labour Day though, there's room in the calender for 2 days to march for and with workers.