Reasons for Labor Day By Lisa, Facty Staff
“During the 19th century, many people, including children, worked seven days a week. The workday was 12 hours long. Most Americans endured these harsh, unsafe, working conditions to try and earn a living. Some worked on farms, while others worked in mines or factories. The tasks were often physically demanding, yet offered poor pay. In 1879 New York, a woman working as a dressmaker in a factory averaged between 33 and 58 cents per day. Although only a small number of workers joined varied labor unions, the idea of organized labor was growing. Labor leaders in the late 1800s suggested a Labor Day event to show the solidarity of labor unions and support for America’s laborers.”
Many of us never had to work the way they did in the 19th century as children or adults other than maybe farmers. We should be grateful that throughout history we have become wiser and more aware of how people should be treated as people and not machines. We should be grateful that there are laws to protect our rights as humans in the work force from child labor laws to the number of hours that allow people to make a living without killing themselves 7 days a week 12 hours a day. In fact, more people today are self employed and have more control over their labor hours than people who still work for someone else. Don’t get me wrong – both are still working for the same thing.
Today we want to make sure that we let all people that are working to keep the world going that we are grateful for your labor. Without working people, the world would not be the same. Imagine if no one wanted to be a mail carrier/UPS/Fed Ex or other carrier – no more deliveries to you. What if no one worked in construction and you had to build your own home or repair it? What if no one was a police or emergency responder?
For Labor Day take a moment to thank everyone you meet for their time that they spend working so that the world keeps moving. Everything everyone does – matters and we are grateful for your part.