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My Turn: How do we celebrate labor?

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What does Labor Day mean to you?  For most people it marks the symbolic end of summer and a time the school year begins anew.

Just about every other holiday is a celebration of something.  But how do we celebrate labor?  Since many of us get the day off, I guess we could work around the house all day.  Nah, I didn't think so. 

The holiday was born by labor unions in the late 1800s to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.  There used to be a lot more parades and celebrations to mark the holiday.

In earlier times, labor unions were a more dominant force in this country, especially in the industry laden north.  But a lot has changed.  Much of what the labor unions fought for over the years is now folded into government regulation under the Department of Labor. 

And the make-up of the American workforce has changed, making unions less relevant now.  I believe American businesses have become smarter.  Most understand that taking good care of employees is also good for business.

But that should not allow us to lose sight of what Labor Day is about and what those people laid the groundwork for so many years ago.  This is the time of year to thank them and to celebrate what they did.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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