Our War on Labor: Labor Day Edition

I’ll be honest.  I get Labor Day and Memorial Day mixed up.  I didn’t even realize it was Labor Day until this morning and I didn’t give it a second thought except to note it was an extended weekend.  Then I went to Google and saw this

Google's Labor Day Doodle 2013
Google’s Labor Day Doodle 2013

OK, no wonder my mind tends to confuse these two summer bookend holidays.  It’s just another miscellaneous hooray for the USA day.  Wrong.

Don’t forget to celebrate labor!  In addition to  a flag icon Google Doodle should include a shovel, or hammer, or increasingly a hairnet, or something! Labor as an organizing force is under a sustained and focused attack and it’s power is slowly being eaten away.  The cost?   Wealth equity – or in other words – a middle class.  Don’t be like me and forget Labor Day.   Say thanks to a 9 to 5 ‘er today.

Here is a blurb from the first “Related article” below.

Many Americans have forgotten the meaning of Labor Day and view it as nothing more than a way to mark the end of summer, but Labor Day is really a celebration of worker’s rights and the triumphs that the labor movement has gained over the last couple of centuries…

The first Labor Day was organized by Peter J McGuire in 1882. McGuire was a carpenter and one of the leaders of the American union movement. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. Over 10,000 workers marched from New York’s City Hall to Union Square. After the parade they enjoyed a picnic, concert, and speeches at Reservoir Park with their families.

So maybe you’ll find yourself driving on Union St. in either Eureka or the former Union Town, CA.  If you do, remember that those streets were named after a long, strong, and proud American movement.  So – Google – the flag is fine, but the Labor Day Doodle deserves more than that.


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