Happy Labor Day! While we spend the long weekend soaking up the last of the summer sun at the beach and throwing some hot dogs on the grill, we also remember everything the American workforce has done to get us this much needed three-day weekend.
Last year, we highlighted 4 union ads in the spirit of solidarity. Keeping up with the tradition, here are 6 more ads recognizing our labor force.
1. Happy Labor Day from the AFL-CIO
This 2010 spot celebrates the accomplishments of American workers for being “the backbone of our communities.” If this doesn’t sum up the American labor force, what does? Cue stock footage of the happiest looking construction workers, firefighters, flight attendants and even a hotel bellhop we’ve ever seen.
2. Look for the Union Label
Here’s a #TBT for you: sit back, relax and enjoy this old-school ad from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. It’s not every day you get to see a diverse group of garment workers from the 80’s singing like a synchronized dance troupe.
3. Robert Reich Says We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, will tell you in 2 minutes and 30 seconds why the federal minimum wage should increase to $15.
4. The Next Big Thing in Labor: Fair Scheduling
For the last few years, politicians, advocates on the left and Robert Reich (see above) have focused on minimum wage as the pivotal issue facing low-income workers. Some groups believe that the next big fight may be over unfair and inconsistent schedules
5. AFL-CIO Attack Democrats for Supporting Fast Track TPP
As some Democrats in Congress shifted from being staunchly opposed to the TPP to supporting it, the powerful coalition of unions quickly cut ads to attack legislators like Congressman Ami Bera and Kathleen Rice, calling them untrustworthy when it comes to protecting American jobs.
That’s one way for a Democrat to lose a major endorsement.
6. 2016 Presidential Candidates Dive Into Minimum Wage Debate
Jeb Bush recently slipped up saying that Americans needed to work more, so the media and his opponents quickly got to work attacking him. The Bush campaign was quick to respond with a pro-worker ad in an attempt to clear up the confusion behind the comment.
Judging by his dip in the polls, maybe Jeb needs to work harder on his apologies.
Click here to check out Agree to See’s collection of political ads – we’ve covered everything, from the historical, to the funny, to the outrageous.