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Labor Day

With everything else going on this weekend, some may have forgotten that today commemorates the contributions of working Americans and the labor movement that represents them.This has obviously been a tough year for the labor movement, what with a sluggish economy, sky-rocketing health care and energy costs, never-ending pressure on jobs and wages from offshoring, continued corporate efforts to even further skew the balance of power between employers and employees--and of course, the split in the AFL-CIO.But interestingly enough, Americans seem to be appreciating the importance of unions, to themselves and to the country, as much as or more than ever. Check out this handy compilation of public opinion research data from Ruy Teixeira's site. And let's all work to make a better Labor Day possible next year.