Editorial

Just what is Labor Day?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Not much thought seems to be given to Labor Day anymore, other than that it is a national holiday and many workers get the day off.

And the working world seems to be divided primarily into two groups: those wishing desperately for a job, and those who hate their jobs.

Granted, the economy has caused many employers to "do more with less," which translates into giving more work to some workers and laying off the others. Dissatisfaction seems to be running high among many American workers.

But perhaps this Labor Day, we can all take a moment to reflect on some things about labor.

The Bible says that labor is honorable, and that everyone who expects to eat should expect to work.

It also says that employees and employers alike should be honest.

In 1890, the average American worker earned about 15 cents a day for a 10-hour day. Although sources differ somewhat when referring to the current day, the median wage in the United States, including our small towns and major cities, is generally pegged at about $12.50 an hour.

Wages have changed dramatically, and so has the cost of living. But the basic tenets remain the same.

Work is still honorable, and every able-bodied person who wants to eat should expect to work, despite the fact that today's society seems to reward too many with easy-come welfare that only serves to encourage more to join and revel in those roles. Honesty is crucial for employers and employees alike.

Perhaps on this Labor Day holiday, those of us with jobs can be a little more appreciative of what we have, and perhaps those who want jobs can be strengthened in their resolve to keep looking.

And perhaps those who are business owners can look honestly at themselves to see if they are doing the best they can under the circumstances for their workers.