HOW ORGANIZED LABOR CHANGED AMERICA

Labor Day weekend is upon us and most people have little idea why America has set aside a day to remember labor–or even what unions contributed.  There are many answers to that question, but we are simply going to list the legislative achievements that organized labor is solely or largely responsible for passing into law.  Think about what our country would be like without them.  How sad that our school system does not spend five minutes educating our children about all these rights despite the fact that most of our children will spend more time being employees in the labor market than they spend doing anything else for the rest of their lives.  It makes no sense.  Happy Labor Day and thanks. Read on for a list of over 30 labor laws. 

  • Child Labor Act
  • Worker Compensation Insurance
  • Unemployment Compensation Insurance
  • Occupational Safety and Health Acts
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which gave us-
    • An 8 hour day
    • A 40 hour workweek
    • A minimum wage
    • A overtime wage rate
    • Consumer Credit (Garnishment) Protection Act
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Civil Rights Acts
    • National origin
    • Sex
    • Sex harassment
    • Race
    • Color
    • Religion
  • Americans with Disabilities acts (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Pregnancy Anti-Discrimination Act
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Railway Labor Act, Civil Service Reform Act
  • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act
  • Privacy Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Health care reform
    • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed March 23, 2010,[1][2] and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • Consolidate Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Worker Adjustment and retraining Notification Act (WARN)
  • Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Act (USERA)
  • Social Security Act (FICA)
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid
    • Disability insurance
  • Prevailing Wage laws, e.g., Davis-Bacon
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and HIPPA
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • Immigration Control and Reform Act
  • Whistleblower Protections acts

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