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Labor History Offers Context for Claims of Aspiring Presidential Contenders

For Immediate Release

This Labor Day, national media are already focused on a presidential election that’s more than a year away – and many aspiring candidates are talking about issues that are central to the history of the labor movement in the United States, including unions, a living wage, income equality and supporting the middle class.

Labor historian and North Carolina State University professor David Zonderman can provide historical perspective on this and other questions on the labor movement in the United States.

Reporters can contact Zonderman directly at 919/513-2222 or

A national holiday since 1894, Labor Day was initiated by the union movement to celebrate the American worker and to highlight the size and political power of the unions themselves.