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Labor POEM of the Week: I believe in the Union

Lawrence Smoot | Published on 6/16/2024

I believe in the Union

I believe in the union…

Because I believe in the strength of the worker

Whether it’s building a mine or making a burger

If we walk off we get labeled deserters

But we are not sheep and that boss ain’t a herder

We are mothers and brothers and nieces and sons

We’ve had it, can’t hack it, best believe that we’re done

With the pitiful wage and the miserable pay

With the lay-offs and cutbacks and the “It’s just business, okay?”

by Jessen Fox, aunion organizer in San Jose, California; hear Jessen read the entire poem on this week’s Labor Heritage Power Hour.

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