31 August 2012

Friday Top 5

It's Labor Day weekend! Sure, it's the proverbial last weekend of summer, and a great time for cookouts and enjoying your favorite summer activities one last time before fall. 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.

(If this post seems strangely familiar, it's because it's a lightly edited re-post of my Friday Top 5 from Labor Day weekend a year ago. Yes, I think this information is THAT important.)

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

1 comment:

Shelly Alcorn, CAE said...

Awesome post! Keep reminding us - it's so important!