Today is Labor Day, and thanks to my new job, it’s the first paid holiday I’ve had in several years. Hooray!
It’s worth taking a moment today to remember the sacrifices made by the labor movement to give us the benefits we enjoy now. Sick days, minimum wage, anti-child-labor laws, paid holidays, vacation time, overtime pay, the 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week…all these things and more are things you owe to the labor movement in general and to labor unions in particular.
And so let’s take a moment to appreciate what people fought, and sometimes died, to bring about. Let’s also remember the distance we still have to clear. Let’s provide mandatory sick time for all workers, especially those who handle your food. Let’s provide better unemployment insurance and better job training for unemployed workers. Let’s provide mandatory breaks for all workers, not just those in states that require it (Arizona doesn’t). And let’s continue to fight for equal pay for women and family leave for everyone.
We’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have far to go. Keep up the struggle!