America, Life, Personal Journey

“Labor Day” by Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

Washington

By some odd stroke of luck, this year I get to enjoy Labor Day. As summer draws to a close, Labor Day comes around like a sweet salve to workers in the United States except at a certain Steel Mill in Indiana. Some of my coworkers will be trapped this year like lab rats, with no hope of escaping CORPORATE GREED. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is one of just 10 federal holidays in the United States and pays tribute to the American workers movement. But while it is celebrated in modern times with BBQs, holidays and sales shopping, the holiday has a bloody history and came out of a long battle for workers’ rights in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Labor Day is a “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and wellbeing of our country.” In practice, all government offices and organizations are closed, while many private businesses also shut for the day to enable workers to mark the occasion with their families. Most don’t think of Labor Day as a holiday commemorating struggle and death. But that’s what it used to be. The period between the Civil War and the Great Depression was a time of massive upheaval. The industrial revolution swept in, and millions of Americans were forced to leave their farms and move to cities in search of work in the newly formed rail, steel, textile, and shipping industries. The rules, both legal and social, were still being formed for how employers could treat employees, and how the wealth they all collectively produced would be distributed. Inequality soared to enormous heights by the end of the period. The minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, laws against child labor, and more were only instituted after pitched political combat. Sometimes, the battles were literal. Employers and politicians were not shy about busting employees in the head with police forces and hired enforcers. Riots, deaths, and bombings were not uncommon so you could enjoy this day off. Please remember today of why and how you have this day off! (If you even do)

1 thought on ““Labor Day” by Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥”

  1. “The period between the Civil War and the Great Depression was a time of massive upheaval.”

    Perhaps because the *FREE* LABOR system of white supremacy called SLAVERY was ending? Is there a federal holiday for that? No. Nor is there any rest/relief for the weary.

    Go ahead & enjoy “Labor Day” without the threat of being “busted in the head” by employers &/or police…unless you are black.

    “Christians” & “holidays”. Just the way God intended, right? Instead of treating HUMAN BEINGS right EVERYDAY, white folk create a federal “holiday” to attempt to placate folk into believing that these corporate bandits give a damn about HUMAN BEINGS beyond their bottom line. Just like “christmas”, right?

    TRUE followers of Yeshua don’t observe manmade “holidays”.

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