Monday, September 06, 2004

Labor Day

Okay. I thought the weatherpeople promised us 3 gorgeous days in a row.
Saturday was great. Sunday was wet and a lot cooler. Today, Mr. Sunshine is having a difficult time finding his way to earth, and again I'm forced to wear pants for warmth. *Heavy sigh.*

Now I know the origins of this holiday, yada, yada. (From the Dept. of Labor - " All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic 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."

Sounds noble. But how well does this fit the nation? Seems to me most American workers aren't thinking that they have something to celebrate today. (insert the ususal - it's just a reason to have or attend a party/picnic/bbq) I think most American laborers today are pissed off. Job security is disappearing. Company loyalty is shot. Pay plus benefits is dwindling. And a living wage is not guaranteed. Major corporations have moved their manufacturing to cheaper labor markets. And moved their corporate headquarters offshore to avoid paying taxes.

Anyone care to comment?

1 comment:

Trish said...

I agree with the points you make however, American workers are the backbone of the country and are the reason this country is as great as it is. It's depressing to see how much damage can be done in one term, but hopefully we'll be able to set things straight in November.