A Call for Mourning – Is Labor Day Dead?

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Welcome to Labor Day.  On this, the first Monday of September, we are supposed to be celebrating both the value and dignity of work and the workers themselves.  You remember the workers, don’t you?   There are the hard working men and women who show up for work, day in and day out, and, with loyalty and dedication, work to achieve the goals of their employers, be it in manufacturing, retail, the trades, agriculture or the service industry.

Some would say that the workers have come a long way.  After all, the first Labor Day was really a rally for the adoption of eight hour work days, five day work weeks, decent wages and relief from both harsh and dangerous working conditions.

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But something has happened along the way.

Big business has bulldozed their way across the land with their dollars and with the influence purchased by those dollars.  They have lined the pocketbooks and the coffers of our politicians and government officials and left small business behind.  The end result?  Hard working men and women no longer have jobs.  Or, if they do, they are putting in long hours without extra compensation or fewer hours with a reduced paycheck.  They live in fear of job loss and this translates into a stress so horrendous that it tears in to the fabric of family life.

You see, in my opinion the days of the worker are gone.  With well-paying jobs in short supply and the cost of raising a family dramatically increasing, the working class – the middle class – is fraying and disappearing into oblivion.  Unemployment is rampant and the numbers – reported as 9.1% – are lies since they do not include the underemployed or those that have simply given up.  After all, it is pretty difficult to look for a job if you are living in your car and counting on shelters to deliver your next meal.

This Great Recession of 2011 continues to put pressure on not only the unemployed but also on those that are still working.  Many of the currently employed feel guilty about their status and pretty much shun any outward display of personal abundance, thinking it cruel to the many that have no work, no paycheck, and often no home.

So, as we celebrate this day with picnics, parades, and frivolous activities, I ask you to take a moment to mourn the loss of Labor Day and it’s true meaning and to say a silent prayer for the unemployed whose loss of dignity may take decades to recover.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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A Call for Mourning – Is Labor Day Dead? — 9 Comments

  1. I’m old enough to remember when there was a sense of mutual dependence between employers and employees. The U.S. was primarily a manufacturing country then, and skilled workers took time to develope. They were worth something. Today, the U.S. is trying to be a “services” country and there is not a lot of skill invovled in that for the most part. The almighty computer handles much of the work, and the population has grown so that the effect of fewer jobs and more people has been devastating. When you add in the additional factor of illegal immigration, a flood of third world people with no skills and no education, the strain on employment becomes unsustainable. Workes today are disposable. The middle class shrinks, the great mob of all consuming “poor” who exist solely on the dole gets bigger, and power is solidly in the hands of a few “elite” who care nothing about anything other than their own aggrandizement. I am not sure how much longer this can go on without some fatal rip in the fabric of society.

  2. You guys have it right we are past the tipping point, if people don’t start preparing NOW it will be too late.
    It maybe already, I’ve had plans in place for 5 years now and I’m not slowing down until IT happens. When it does, I will hunker down and protect what we have. Good luck everyone!

  3. It’s kind of hard to mourn the change to Labor Day when you have the big Union bosses such as the Teamsters’ Jimmy Hoffa; AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka, and SEIU’s Andy Stern calling for out and out communism in the USA and war against fiscal responsible Americans. Check out this news article from today: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/05/hoffa-on-tea-party-take-these-sons-bitches-out/ Also: Andy Stern: (http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/03/22/the-white-house-guess-list-how-obama-pulled-a-fast-one-on-the-american-people-in-the-name-of-transparency/#more-245528) and lastly Richard Trumka: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/afl-cio-head-calls-for-popular-control-over-private-corporations/

  4. Sad but true, with so many jobs being outsourced overseas, it seems many big corporations don’t care about American workers at all. Those who do have jobs feel overworked and overstressed, and feel guilty they can’t complain because they are fortunate to even have jobs.

    Gaye, regarding washing comforters yourself- I usually take them to be washed at the cleaners, I did not think the washing machine would be big enough to wash them. Do you have a large capacity washing machine? I’d like to try washing mine myself.

    • Actually, my washer is fairly small. It is one of those upper/lower combo units that fits in a closet and is considered condo or apartment-sized unit. My queen sized comforter filled it up(it is a front-loader) but I took a chance anyway. Even though it filled the washer when I put it inside, the down compressed when it was wet so there was no danger of overloading the washer. I dried it about 80% of the way then took the comforter out to the deck to complete the drying process.

      Now back when I lived in the city in my large house I had a huge washer – those were the days 🙂

  5. This was well written and really tells it like it sadly is. Where has my country gone? Will I ever see it again? Do I need to go to another country and see parts of it there? Progress? I call it distress.

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