Monday, September 5th is Labor Day, a national holiday in the United States. The US Department of Labor has a pretty concise history and explanation of Labor Day on their website. It explains how it came about, what it means and even talks about legislation and workforce representation.
Most small businesses, like my fellow Etsians and Zibbeters do not have “workforce representation,” so how does this pertain to us? I believe we exemplify what built this country with what we do everyday. Imagine with me, that the early immigrants didn’t open their small shops, if folks like Roland Macy didn’t open his modest shop in 1858. He pioneered the ‘price tag’ that we find to be so common and unnoticed. And I believe that in out little handmade world, we are reviving all the uplifting and encouraging ideals of our forefathers.
This expert from the US DOL site says it very well:“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
You see, my fellow Artisans, we are the “the creator(s) of so much of (our) nation’s strength.” We too are “the American* worker.”
(*insert your country here)
Happy Labor Day to all.
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