Heartfelt thanks to all the countless nameless, faceless, lost-to-history labor activists and union members for a holiday that allows me to any damn thing I want and get paid for it anyway. (Not to mention all the other non-cash compensation benefits I’m grateful for every day all year-round.) I hope to continue to pay their sacrifices forward by advocating for all the working people who work way harder than I do yet don’t have those same benefits. How? An easy way is always vote YES on laws and policy measures like paid sick leave for all employees; livable minimum wages; family/domestic leave; family planning/reproductive justice; non-discrimination protections for workers of all races, religions, orientations and genders; and workplace safety.
Also a special holler to the freelance/contract/self-employed/work-for-hire folks who may or may not have voluntarily opted out of full-time jobs with benefits — I know that life well, and it’s a never-ending uphill crawl… your labor is essential even if “holidays” are not vacations for you.
Ultimately, whatever our livelihoods, we are all American workers; together we can raise up ourselves, each other, our healthy economy and our national character.
Happy Labor Day, y’all.