On this Labor Day Senator Bernie Saunders tweeted a video with an inspiring message, reminding us of the reason that we’re all enjoying a three day weekend.
Labor Day is about more than just getting a Monday off from work and school or the amazing retail sales. Sadly, many people don’t know the origin of the holiday, how it came to be, or what the struggles were of those who fought for it.
On Monday morning the Vermont Senator tweeted a video along with this message:
‘Today on #LaborDay, we remember the struggles of workers and their unions going back to way back when.’
In the video Bernie Sanders says:
‘Today, on Labor day, we also remember the struggles of workers and their unions going way back when. And today we say thank you to the trade union movement for giving us the 40 hour work week. Thank you for fighting for worker safety on the job. Thank you for fighting against discrimination in the work force. Thank you for Social Security. Thank you for Medicare. Thank you for medicaid. Every worker in America owes a deep debt of gratitude to the American trade union movement.’
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 5, 2016
It’s easy for citizens to get caught up in the daily grind and lose track of why things are the way they are, and how far we’ve come. Let’s review a brief history on Labor Day that perhaps will enlighten some of our readers.
Labor Day was created by the labor movement. The purpose is to dedicate one day, the first Monday in September, to the achievements, both social and economic, of American workers. The well-being of our country is in large part due to the American work force.
According to History.Com:
‘The labor movement in the United States grew out of the need to protect the common interest of workers. For those in the industrial sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.’
So on this labor day be grateful for those who came before you and fought for the rights you enjoy today. It’s not just a three day weekend, and in true Bernie Sanders form, he wants to make sure we’re reminded of those who fought for the rights we might sometimes take for granted.
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