Tell Me Something Good Monday – American Labor

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.   Matthew‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!  This morning I’m blessed to be celebrating Labor Day at home with a cup a coffee, two dogs and a cat.  There is a coolness in the air which seems to indicate that summer is over and my heart is full after receiving so many nice blog comments yesterday.  Life is good.

Life has not always been good for the American worker.  On June 28, 1894 Grover Cleveland signed the law creating Labor Day and celebrating the American worker.  Sometimes we get disgruntled with job conditions, but this morning I’m reminded that work conditions today are like a dream vacation compared to what our ancestors endured.

As an employee I’m thankful.  While I have worked long hours periodically to meet deadlines, I’ve  never worked 14-16 hour days continuously without breaks.  I have never had to work in places where my health was at stake.  Many workers developed diseases related to their work conditions.  Many worked in factories where there were no safety laws and accidents frequently occurred without the benefits of insurance or workers compensation.  There were no laws for hiring and termination, and therefore, less job security.   Yet, people still came to the United States to chase their dreams.

As a mother and grandmother I feel so blessed that my children and grandchildren will never know the horrors of being forced to work long hours under bad conditions with wages as low as 10 cents a day.  They will have the privilege of being able to go to school and obtain an education.  Today, this privilege is taken for granted.  We rarely think of what it would be like to have never learned to read and write.  Our children and grandchildren will know what it’s like to run outside and play, as we did. They will have the opportunity to choose their future.

As a supervisor, I’m grateful that I don’t have to hire and fire without cause.  I’m glad that I can let people off when they have a sick child or need a day off to handle personal business.  It’s nice to know that if a worker gets hurt on the job, they will be able to receive medical treatment.  I enjoy telling new employees that our workplace provides the benefits of health and life insurance.

So, how can we continue providing protection for workers without going too far?  One thing I do is to continually evaluate myself and my treatment of employees, so that I don’t create a bad work environment.  It brings the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) movement to a whole new level. Jesus understood how to value others, while still accomplishing daily tasks.  He was able to engage people to follow him and continue his work after he was gone.  He understood the importance of servant leadership.  What an amazing leader!

Today, I challenge you to reflect on what Labor Day means in your life.  What can you do?  God bless you!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent thoughts.

  2. Christy B says:

    Beautiful ~ You give us much to be grateful for! I’m including your account of the history of Labor Day in my Friday blog roundup post xx

    1. Thank you Christy! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. We must be thankful to unions. They fought for fair wages and shorter workweeks.

    1. Yes they did. I can’t imagine what that must have been like.

      1. Horrible conditions and no rights. We really should be grateful

  4. To us it is a very important day because it represents those millions of folks before us that paved the way for this Country to be great. Along our journeys we meet so many that have immigrated here and they all have said the same thing, America is the land of opportunity.

    1. I love to hear that!

    1. That’s beautiful! Thank you.

  5. amaranto es says:

    To us it is a very important 24-hour interval because it represents those millions of folks before us that paved the path for this Country to be gravid. We really should be grateful

  6. msw blog says:

    That coal mine 🎶 video puts a in perspective….

  7. Ellen Hawley says:

    You remind me of a bumper sticker I used to see: “Labor unions: The folks who brought you the weekend.”

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