Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economical 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.
This coming Monday, September 6, 2010 will mark the 128th Labor Day celebration in the United States. As children, we always enjoyed the day off of school and never really gave a second thought about what the day actually means. When we were younger, it meant we didn't have to go to school, we could put off our homework for another day and we could sleep in however long we wanted. It also meant the end of summer was finally here and football season was about to kick off. As you start to learn more about what the national holiday means, you realize it's really a day to celebrate the accomplishments of laborers that came before us and those that have continued to help our country grow. However, as August closes out and Labor Day draws nearer, we're given a harsh reminder about the volatility that our country and economy are still enduring - the unemployment rate rose in August for the first time in four months. Though companies added thousands of jobs in August, the total was still not that of the amount that had been added in July.
How do we overcome this? How do we dig ourselves out and find positions to fill? How do we get closer to achieving our dreams of working to live and not living to work? I don't think anyone knows for sure but we all know we have to keep persevering because, as Sophocles so eloquently put it, "without labor nothing prospers."