What did you do today? Did you take a break in honor of the national holiday? If not, it isn’t too late to take advantage of this!
Dol.gov shares, “Labor Day, 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 constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
It goes on to say how the government originally recognized this holiday through the approval of municipal ordinances in 1885 – 1886. These processed through state legislation in New York although Oregon was first to make the holiday law. Ironically the United States Department of Labor turned 100 years old in March of this year, 2013. This organization has tackled many obstacles over the years logging many accomplishments:
“Establishing benefits for injured and sick workers…the women’s bureau, Railway Labor Act, Unemployment, Social Security, Apprenticeship Act, Combatting child labor, Equal pay, Occupational safety, and much, much more.”
Although you may complain about your current job or lack thereof, without the efforts and milestones by the Department of Labor and early workers, work environments would not have any structure.
Whether you think the economy is getting better or worse, it is ours. And, for better or worse, Americans continue to push forward making the most of it. This is symbolic of the American spirit, one that was ignited hundreds of years ago when our forefathers fought to improve employment in our country.
Honor this spirit of perseverance, in some way today.