Labor Day is a holiday most of us recognize. The message of Labor Day has been lost over the years, considering most people's explanation of it is "A day to celebrate work". While that's the true intention, the word work has taken different shape in this day and age. Especially when you consider the roots of labor day are well over a century old.
Many use labor day as a time to relax and enjoy time with family. It's not unlike most American holidays where traditions may vary, but the general goal is food, family, and fun. On average, 78% of Americans are granted Labor Day off from their respective jobs. 85% if you're a union worker.
If you do have to work on this holiday, even a good chunk of workers get some kind of extra compensation for their work. Yet there are still so many who work retail that end up stuck working on Labor Day. It doesn't seem like much of a problem, considering everyone has to work for their keep. But is this fact hinting at a cultural view of work in general?Read More