While I am still away on my holiday, I wanted to make note of this extremely important holiday. Part of this post (not all) can be found in my Grace Notes – the seasonal gift you receive when you renew your membership in my Birthday Club for a second year. Enjoy!
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.
~ Frederick Douglass
Labor Day (USA): Labor Day, on the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” writes Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor.
“All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”
Why not celebrate by:
- Giving thanks if you have a steady, supportive job. Even if you don’t, this is a time to be grateful for the work of the our people — who put food on our tables, shelter us, and have built the infrastructure that keeps our country running.
- Being sure to educate yourself on the importance of unions and other ways that American workers have had to push back against dangerous, unfair working conditions. Sadly, this holiday is mostly downplayed in public education. But the stories of the labor movement in our history are vital to understanding where we are today. Let us also resolve, in honor of the courage and sacrifice of untold thousands of men and women, that we will never go backwards, even under the pressures of economic uncertainty.
- Last but not least, Labor Day is often thought of as the last unofficial holiday of Summer. Celebrate with a block party or cookout with neighbors. Strengthening the bonds of neighborliness makes your home turf safer, friendlier, and happier for all.