Last year, Amy Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for Congress in South Jersey publicly recognized May 1 as “International Workers’ Day”. She used that day to hold a special event falsely claiming that President Trump had endangered employees of meat packing plants, by not closing them down during the coronavirus pandemic.
Until 30 years ago, no mainstream American candidate or official dared to publicly recognize May First as a legitimate holiday. That is because it was mostly celebrated by Communist and socialist regimes and extremist organizations that openly hated our country and wanted to destroy us.
Communist dictators in China and Russia held massive rallies and military parades. There, they gave speeches threatening the United States and falsely accusing us of being the most evil, unjust, and dangerous nation in the world. Communist and socialist regimes in Cuba, Vietnam, and Russian occupied Eastern Europe held similar events.
Elaborate May First celebrations were also held throughout Hitler’s “National Socialist” (Nazi) Germany during the 1930’s.
This “International” Socialist and Communist holiday on May 1 ironically began in the United States with the deadly “Haymarket” riot in Chicago May , 1886.
That riot began as a peaceful rally to support strikers at a farm machine company, and for an 8 hour work day. However, violent socialists and anarchists soon mixed in with the peaceful demonstrators and destroyed private property and attacked private security guards. They then attacked police who tried to restore order. Then someone killed seven police officers with a fragment bomb. Police then arrested leaders of the protest and charged them with murder. Some were convicted by juries and sentenced to death.
Communists, Socialists, and anarchists in the United State and Europe used this as an excuse to demand the overthrow of any government that used police to protect private property. They demanded new socialist governments run by labor unions.
Socialist labor unions and regimes. held rallies and parades throughout the world every May First to promote those goals. May First remains an important holiday for most labor unions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, as well as for Communist and socialist regimes.
However, most American workers soon went in the opposite direction. Most factory workers in America joined unions of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) organized by Samuel Gompers in 1886, the year of the Haymarket Riot.
The AFL of Gompers supported America’s free enterprise, “capitalist” system. He wanted unions to make sure employees got a larger share of company earnings.
The AFL, like socialist and Communist unions sometimes also went on strike and demonstrated for higher wages and better working conditions. However, AFL unions also supported laws that allowed corporations to increase their profits. Gompers once said, “The greatest crime an employer can perpetrate on his employees is to fail to operate at a profit”.
Gompers’ AFL unions also strongly supported limits on immigration. After years of struggle, Gompers American AFL unions won the adoption of new immigration laws that greatly reduced immigration in 1920 and 1924.
From 1920 to 1965, those new immigration laws limited legal immigration to roughly 300,00 per year, and those laws were enforced. Fewer immigrants caused American industries to use new inventions to boost production. This gave American workers better skills and the biggest increase in income and living standards in history.
This created America’s unique and prosperous middle class which was the envy of the world until the 1990’s.
To emphasize their rejection of socialism and Communism, and support of America’s free enterprise system, American unions refused to participate in the May First “International Workers’ Day”. They instead supported the creation of “Labor Day” in September, a paid holiday that allowed American workers to enjoy a three day weekend at the end of the summer. Most unions also had bylaws barring Communist Party members from leadership positions.
All this changed quickly in the 1990’s . Radical socialists and Communists removed bylaws barring them from union leadership positions. Then they got themselves to key leadership positions in America’s largest largest labor unions. One of their first actions after taking control was to reverse labor union positions on immigrations.
For the first time in their history, most American labor unions supported massive increases in legal and illegal immigration. They did this ever though this caused lower wages, more poverty, and higher taxes and was against the best interests of most union members..
Once these radical Communists and socialists made these unions “woke”, the moved on to take control of the Democratic Party.
That is why “mainstream” Democrats and unions now openly recognize the socialist and Communist holiday of “International Workers’ Day on May 1.