According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is defined as: "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
Sadly, unions have fell out of favor in recent years. Corporate greed has sent most of the factory/manufacturing jobs overseas. This has resulted in a dwindling middle class. As we celebrate Labor Day, let's remember the sacrifices the labor movement has made over the years to give many of us a higher wage, paid vacation, retirement and health benefits.
Labor Day is more than the traditional end of summer. It is a memorial to those who fought for workers rights over the years. Like unions/hate unions, all of us have benefited in some way from them.
Here are a few songs for the working man on this Labor Day weekend.