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Labor Day: Are You Opened or Closed?

September 3, 2009

According to the United States Department of Labor, “The first Monday in September, is committed to the social and financial accomplishments 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.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”

I find it interesting that City, Town, State and Federal offices are closed: This includes Schools, Libraries and the Postal Service, only emergency services are available, and Financial Services: Banks and the stock markets in the United State are closed, “Yet” department, discount, grocery and even casual furniture stores will be open and promoting huge labor day sales. During these Labor Day Sales most stores are offering savings like there’s no tomorrow, to deplete the current inventory to make room for next season’s products.
Unfortunately, the timing of this Labor Day Sale does not mesh with time off for our American labor force. Perhaps we should rethink the sale day and allow workers and their families time to enjoy the tribute that our forefathers planned.

Labor Day Sales can always start prior to the first Monday in September and continue on after the day of celebration!

Happy Labor Day!!!!

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake