Many of us associate Labor Day with a day off from school or work. The Labor Day holiday has evolved greatly from its original purpose of celebrating “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community” to simply a holiday, where many Americans celebrate the last days of summer. Why the change? Unions have lost much of their vigor over the last decade. Right-to-work laws and loss of manufacturing jobs have eroded these once powerful organizations. Labor unions who fought for a 40 hour week, who promoted safety in the workplace and insisted on overtime pay for its members, are now confronting a global workforce. The once proud unions are no longer powerful. Fun in the sun is great but let’s take time to remember the organizations who helped develop one of the greatest work forces in U.S. history and even gave us a holiday to celebrate…work.
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