September 4th is Labor Day. The day in which we honor and celebrate America’s working class and their significant contribution to our nation’s economic success. Originally established in 1894 to honor the budding Labor Movement, today’s Labor Day is widely lauded as the grand finale to the carefree spirit of summer and the unofficial signal to “get back to work”.
Labor Day recognizes the social and economic contributions that over 158 million Americans make by going to work each day. It’s also an opportunity to remember the blood and sweat and sacrifice that went into improving work life for so many of us. Thankfully, very few Americans work the 12-hour days and 6-day weeks that were common a century ago, and our children can spend their time in school rather than in factories or fields.
Whether you are blue collar, white collar, a day laborer, entrepreneur, or internet mogul, if you go to work to produce goods and services that grow our economy, improve the quality of life for others or help make your community and the world a better place, this day is for you.
Your work is important. Thank you for what you do.