Do you get weekends off work? Lunch breaks? Paid vacation? An eight-hour work day? Social security? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you can thank the U.S. labor movement for it.
Years of hard-fought battles (and the ensuing legislation they inspired) resulted in many of the most basic benefits we enjoy at our jobs today . On the first Monday in September, we take the day off to celebrate Labor Day and reflect on the American worker’s contributions to our country. For many people Labor Day will be a very important day this year because of the variety of circumstances and changes we have all experienced. Many have had to adjust our work schedules and habits, but we all hope everyone recognizes the importance of Labor Day and takes some time to reflect.