La­bor Day

The Covington News - - Opinion -

“If any man tells you he loves Amer­ica, yet hates la­bor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts Amer­ica, yet fears la­bor, he is a fool.”

~ Abra­ham Lin­coln

U.S. La­bor Day was cel­e­brated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City, when 10,000 work­ers took un­paid leave and marched through down­town.

Some 12 years later, on June 28, 1894, Congress passed a le­gal hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the work­ers of Amer­ica. How­ever, even with that dec­la­ra­tion, la­bor­ers still had it rough.

Around the turn of the cen­tury, ac­cord­ing to the Forbes ar­ti­cle, the av­er­age Amer­i­can worked 12 hour a day, seven days a week, and chil­dren as young as 5 or 6 worked in fac­to­ries and shops. The gov­ern­ment stepped in and set the eight hour work day as the stan­dard for pri­vate com­pa­nies with the pas­sage of the Adam­son Act in 1916.

We have come a long way since the days of that early la­bor move­ment. While some peo­ple may still be work­ing 70-80 hours, most of us have man­aged to slim down our sched­ules at least a bit, and young chil­dren are now pro­tected from harm­ful work en­vi­ron­ments.

On this ex­tended week­end, we honor the hard work­ing peo­ple of our community who are for­tu­nate to have jobs this La­bor Day. We hope you have a well earned day off to spend with your fam­i­lies.

On the other side, our hearts ache for those of you who about the fu­ture of your fam­ily. Nonethe­less, we cel­e­brate you and your de­sire to work as well.

Re­cently, there has been some, al­beit slight and shaky, signs of an eco­nomic re­cov­ery. We can all only pray that the good Lord will keep all of us in his hands and that when the next La­bor Day rolls around more of us will be able to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day in its full spirit.

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