Monday, September 5, 2016
We Honor Workers
It is Labor Day here in the US. Labour Day in Canada. It is a day in which we should honor all workers. Already celebrated celebrated by many of the states, Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. In the past, Labor Day was marked by parades and speeches, much like Independence Day. Now the celebration of the holiday is more muted. Perhaps we have forgotten just how workers were treated in the past with child labor, long hours and unsafe working conditions.
Today, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer almost as much as it marks a celebration of workers. In the past almost all businesses were closed so their workers could celebrate the day. Now many of them stay open on Labor Day hawking big sales and savings. Labor Day heralds the official beginning of fall sports with the first seasonal NFL and many college football games beginning in earnest after Labor Day.
When I was a child, Labor Day meant putting away white shoes, hats and jackets until Easter. And you wouldn't be caught wearing seersucker again until Spring, no matter how hot the September weather. (Remember seersucker? Well, look around next summer. It's making a big comeback. In fact, the Australian Olympic team wore seersucker jackets in the 2016 Rio Olympics.)
This Labor Day, stop for a moment and honor the past workers who led to the changes in the workplace that all of us enjoy.
Then go out and enjoy the picnic or outing.
I hope you have good weather in which to celebrate.