US Politics

Marion McKeone: Bumper year for unions gives US workers plenty to be thankful for

Despite the country’s ongoing culture wars making Thanksgiving awkward for many, union members and families had quite a lot to celebrate

Striking United Auto Workers in Ontario earlier this year. Picture: Getty Images

Over the past four days, some 56 million Americans took to the roads, train stations and airports to be with friends and family for the annual Thanksgiving holiday. Tradition dictates that they celebrate what they’re grateful for, as opposed to moaning about what they haven’t got.

Right now, it seems as though the entire United States is in a prolonged funk – not especially inclined towards feeling or expressing gratitude for anything much at all.