Remembering Labor on Labor Day

Parade, Copper Miners' Strike, Calumet, Michigan, 1913

Parade, Copper Miners’ Strike, Calumet, Michigan, 1913, photo by Wystan

Labor Day has become little more than a three day weekend, and labor and labor unions are often frowned upon. Before you go out and enjoy that extra day off, you might take a moment to reflect that the 5-day week of 8-hour days that we take for granted was won with the sweat and tears and blood of dedicated men and women who put it all on the line. Many of these were from Michigan, like these Keweenaw copper miners who risked everything from the loss of their livelihood to outright murder.

As a friend said, as we honor the sacrifice of soldiers on Memorial Day, let us also honor all the hard-working people of today and days gone by who have fought for a better life.

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3 thoughts on “Remembering Labor on Labor Day

  1. Thanks for the reminder that today is much more than just the traditional last day of summer. We should all be grateful for the reforms that labor unions have brought to the workplace. Happy Labor Day!

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  2. Thanks. You are so right. I was thinking about those very things because, yes, it’s good to have an extra day off, but we should never forget what it cost those who came before us so that we could have unions, raises, longevity, pensions, etc. I am glad for those who sacrificed.

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