Take the Day Off!!

Ah, Labor Day. A day set aside to honor mothers everywhere.

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According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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I thought it was just a day to barbecue with family. I seriously never knew why or when it came about. Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Presidents Day are easy to easy to figure out but Labor Day, not so much.

So then, why do we not honor our workforce? If we were, only skeleton crews should be manning our stores, restaurants, really all businesses. Perhaps that’s why I was confused. Labor Day is a huge money maker for nearly all retailers and movie theaters, causing much of the workforce to work harder than normal. This would appear to me to be an oxymoron, a contradiction of terms.

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Don’t get me wrong, Labor Day is a great holiday for a good portion of workers here, the government included. Banks and credit unions, schools; even liquor stores are closed in states that have government controlled liquor purchases. So why then, do retailers make it such a huge day for business? It’s the same reason businesses began opening on Sundays. Obviously, to make as much money as possible. I find it repulsive.

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I also include Black Friday in the same category. Why not be closed on Thursday and Friday? The crowds would flock in on Saturday instead, giving retail workers a chance to really enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones. The sad fact is that they couldn’t care less about their employees. It’s all about the money.

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What does the Bible say about the love of money? It is the root of all evil. Now it’s morphed into Black Thursday and Cyber Monday. All for the fight for the dollar they’re afraid someone else will get.

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When is enough really enough?
What would happen if the retailers were all closed on Labor Day? Would our economy collapse? Of course not. It doesn’t crumble on Christmas and Easter, does it?

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What it would do is give most of the employees the day off in honor of their contribution to our nation, in terms of the work they do. The retail purchases could wait until tomorrow. Its easy to watch movies today without going to a movie theater. It’s called Red Box, Video on Demand or Netflix.

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My point is this; the holiday we call Labor Day has lost it’s meaning and, due to the greed of our retail establishments, we’re not honoring our workforce, we’re making a mockery of the reason the holiday was established. I get that we must have public services available today, but it should be scheduled with as few workers as possible.

See you tomorrow.

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