It’s Labor Day in the US and Canada, which happens to be the considered in the US the unofficial end of the summer season.
But the actual purpose of Labor Day is to celebrate workers and the labor movement. The current 40 day work week, Saturdays and Sundays off (for some folks) , the minimum wage, overtime, OSHA workplace regulations, collective bargaining, sick leave, child labor laws, retirement security, and other worker friendly policies that helped build the middle class.
But ever since Ronald Reagan came into office, unions have been demonized and attacked by the Republicans, with negative effects to the American middle class.
A strong labor movement translates into livable wages for you along with a safer workplace and civil rights advancement.
So as you soak up the rays on the beach, chow down at that barbecue and return from wherever you traveled to on this long weekend. ponder the fact that many of the things we American workers take for granted were union made.
Happy Labor Day people!