David over at Take as Directed has a moving post today, Labor Day: In honor of those who struggled on our behalf.
The struggles of the American labor movement have given me the luxury of being a scientist, having such a thing as “leisure time” that allows me to write a blog…
My Dad, a printing press maintenance worker who left this life 13 years ago, always aimed to see that I would never have to labor as hard as he, with machines that could take away a finger or limb or in the deafening noise of a factory.
“I want you to use your brains, not your brawn,” he’d say.
I particularly appreciated the quote from Samuel Gompers:
Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.
Link to Take as Directed’s Labor Day post.