By Dave Gibson, September 4, 2020
States first began officially celebrating Labor Day in 1887, when Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon passed legislation to celebrate the day. By the 1930s, all states, and the federal government adopted legislation making the first Monday in September to forever be known as Labor Day.
For most Americans, Labor Day has become nothing more than just another three-day weekend, one more chance for a summer getaway before the kids go back to school, or just another excuse to drink beer and annoy their neighbors with fireworks.
However, the U.S. Department of Labor describes the holiday as: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements 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.”
Of course, at the time Labor Day became a national holiday, there were no H1-B, nor H2-B work visas issued by the federal government; the term “outsourcing” did not exist; illegal aliens had not taken over both the construction and hospitality industries; and “American” products were not produced in foreign factories.
For years, because an item bore the name of a U.S. based company, most Americans believed that they were simply getting a great price on an American-made product. Americans are no longer that naive.
Unfortunately, most of the Americans now employed by these companies are a handful of executives, as the actual factory workers live in foreign lands and work for a pittance.
While everyone likes low prices, we all pay a very high price for the few dollars saved at our local Walmart. All but a handful of our once relatively high-paying factory jobs have been replaced with very low-paying retail jobs. Unfortunately, the end result has been the end of the American Dream for far too many working-class Americans.
The exodus of manufacturing jobs overseas, along with the influx of cheap, albeit illegal labor, and the nearly complete replacement of American tech workers, have all combined to make Labor Day feel less and less like something to celebrate for American workers, and more of an attempt for them to simply escape their current circumstances.
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