02 September 2011

Friday Top 5

It's Labor Day weekend! Sure, it's the proverbial last weekend of summer, and a great time for cookouts, and I'm on the best kind of boat (a FRIEND's boat) this weekend. But Labor Day weekend is really about honoring labor and trade organizations (like associations?) and having a party for workers and their families. Not consumers, workers. And it's important for all of us to remember that we are more than consumers - we're citizens and workers. This day is for us!

Top 5 great moments in the history of labor:
  1. Ending child labor
  2. The 8 hour workday
  3. Paid overtime
  4. The weekend
  5. The minimum wage
And did you know that WOMEN formed the first labor union in the US?

So enjoy your cookout and beer and relaxing with your family on the last day of summer, but take a few minutes to think about what we're actually celebrating this weekend.

Information from Wikipedia (Labor Day and Labor history), the AFL-CIOWorking Life, and Work at Home.

3 comments:

Hecate said...

What you said. Also, OSHA. Food inspections. Workers' comp. Unemployment benefits. Whistleblower protections. Minimum wage.

Deirdre Reid said...

How strange to see your post after visiting an exhibition at the NC Museum of History of photographs that Lewis Hine took of children working in NC textile mills in the early 20th century. Some of their faces look far too haunted and serious for six to twelve year olds. Hine was hired by the federal government to document the exploitation of children in mills. An exhibit that will stay with me. http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/wgo/press_02182011.html

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Thanks for the fascinating link, Deirdre!