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“To me, the labor movement was never just a way of getting higher wages. What appealed to me was the spiritual side of a great cause that created fellowship. You wanted the girl or the man who worked beside you to be treated just as well as you were, and an injury to one was the concern of all.”
“Today, for many people, being a union member simply means paying dues, but in the early days there were so few of us that if a majority of the members were not active, the union ceased to exist.”
“... it is the spirit of trade unionism that is most important, the service of fellowship, the feeling that the hurt of one is the concern of all and that the work of the individual benefits all.”
“... there is nothing more American than the trade-union movement.”
“I always said we not only wanted labor laws and bread, we wanted roses too. I was amused some years later when Oppenheim wrote a story called 'Bread and Roses.' There is a song, too, with that title in the labor songbooks.”
“I cannot think of a thing that was better in those good old days.”
“The woman worker needs bread, but she needs roses too.”
Rose Schneiderman, Polish-born U.S. labor leader
(1882 - 1972)
Born: Rachel Schneiderman.