The Day After Labor

To all our American readers, Happy Labor Day! And to all our Canadian readers, Happy Labour Day!

That’s what the day used to be about: putting the “u” in Labor. You can’t spell labour without you, and without you and your labour this planet would be a primitive state of nature, red in tooth and claw. Consider the words of Peter J McGuire, General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, proposing the very first Labor Day a mere century-and-a-third ago. The new day would be an occasion, he said, to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold”.

  • marty_p

    In honour of Labour Day – Canada’s largest union votes to join BDS.
    Unifor National, Canada’s largest private union, adopts proposal to boycott Israel; union states that ‘sectors of Israel’s economy and society profit from the ongoing occupation of the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories),’ adding that ‘Unifor will support such a form of BDS until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT.’,7340,L-5011990,00.html

    • Norman_In_New_York

      While briskly exporting its high-tech goods, Israel will cry over this all the way to the bank.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    At the time Labor Day became a holiday, Americans thought of themselves as a nation of producers, not consumers. Trump is trying to restore that feeling.

  • DMB

    Today’s Labour Day parade was also a celebration of the upcoming $15 hour minimum wage. So worker’s can now rejoice in receiving a “living wage”. Oh wait…..

    • terrence22

      I think these bozos who “Fighting for $15” must have a lot of shares in companies that make robots; but, then, they may be stupid enough to believe it will not eliminate a LOT of jobs, as it ALWAYS does whenever it is implemented.