Rethinking the Meaning of Labor Day
What do you think of when you hear the words Labor Day? Long weekends? Final trips? Backyard get-togethers? Well, yes – and all of those things are great ways to commemorate the end of summer. But the truth is, they do not celebrate the true meaning of Labor Day. The denotation of this red-letter day holds much more significance than most even realize. And for those of us who are fortunate enough to have jobs even though the economy is still somewhat struggling – this holiday is one that we definitely need to be thankful for. In fact, here at Centro, we wouldn’t have our paid sabbaticals, healthcare savings accounts, or even health benefits at all if it weren’t for the struggle that took place prior to Labor Day’s inception.
To offer a new perspective, let’s refer to the great Helen Keller – a symbol of courage and hope during a time when America so desperately needed one. Keller was a valiant supporter of women’s suffrage, civil rights, and the labor union movement, as well as many other worthwhile and important causes. It’s in her words, where we can truly understand the meaning of this historic holiday:
“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
Take a moment to reflect on the significance of Keller’s words. The connotation: the struggle of our past heroes and workers has brought us to where we are in the workforce (and in the world) today. Want even further insight? Take a look at the infographic below.