Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Editorials

September 1, 2013

OUR VIEW: Honoring the American worker

Ahh, Labor Day.

It’s the unofficial end of summer. It’s the last hoorah for the ole grill. It’s a day off work to spend some much-needed downtime with family and friends.

Oh, wait, it’s also a day to remember American workers. That’s the part we tend to forget about heading into our annual three-day weekend in early September.

In most cities, Labor Day doesn’t provoke the same grandiose events it once did. But, on Sept. 5, 1882, the very first Labor Day was a grand occasion.

Held in New York City, there was a picnic, concert and speeches.

The real splash came from the 10,000 workers who marched in a parade from City Hall to Union Square.

The parade was held to shine a spotlight on the strength of the trade and labor organizations. In short time, the holiday was moved to the first Monday in September, where it has remained to this day. In 1894, Congress declared it a national holiday. As time marched on, the day became a time for prominent men and women to make speeches about the economic and civic relevance of the reason for the holiday.

And as the character of the American workforce changed, so did that of the Labor Day celebration. As life became better and safer for the American worker, on the backs of those who organized the first holiday, the day evolved into a celebration of summer.

Paid vacations. Sick days. An eight-hour workday. The weekend. Safer working environments. These are all part of the dream from, and in many ways a result of, that first Labor Day. But now that we take those things for granted, we tend to forget they’re precious commodities that need our attention, protection and observation.

So, this Labor Day, let’s remember those who didn’t make it home from work.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • THEIR VIEW: Indiana needs open primary elections Indiana's primary election system is dysfunctional. What the state really needs is an open primary system. This month, the Lake County election board argued about the procedures for recruiting high school students as poll workers for the May 6 primar

    April 23, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Let voters weigh option of easing daily commute There was a time in this country when workers typically lived less than an hour's walk from their jobs. A time when a "commuter" was simply a traveler taking advantage of a reduced railway fare on his way to the big city. A time when the American sub

    April 22, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Careful look at tax structure needed Indiana legislators this year created a "blue-ribbon commission" to study the state's taxes on businesses this summer. We hope the commission will listen to Larry DeBoer, a Purdue professor who might understand Indiana's tax structure better than any

    April 20, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Littering shows disregard for surroundings Numbers tell a sad story about the disregard many Hoosiers have for their surroundings. Too many in Indiana don't care enough about the environment to prevent them from cluttering the countryside by carelessly tossing litter along the side of roadway

    April 18, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Lawmakers fail to act on the issue After several years of fretting over Indiana's ongoing methamphetamine problem, the Indiana General Assembly continues to struggle for a solution. The issue seems to come up every session, given that Indiana leader the nation in meth lab seizures. Bu

    April 17, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Constitutional convention won't work today There seems to be a growing idea that we need a Constitutional convention. That, of course, is the other way to change the Constitution. Amendments have been used 27 times to make changes, ranging from limiting the president's term of office to the d

    April 16, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Health care fraud can't go unchecked National health care spending tops $2.7 trillion annually. That leaves a lot of room, and temptation, for abuse of a bureaucracy that administers medical services. Medicare and Medicaid scams may cost taxpayers more than $98 billion each year. Health

    April 15, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Lessons from 2nd Fort Hood The shooting at Fort Hood last week has stirred up more debates about guns and mental health but adding little more than some oratorical dust. Consider these elements: • Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, who killed three and wounded 16 others before taking his

    April 10, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Fast lane for road projects Our interstate, national and state highways carry millions of people through and across Indiana each year. Those roadways form the physical connections among our communities. Not just people, but dollars. One state legislator says "half a trillion do

    April 9, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Doubts about Common Core doubts It wasn't the most solid week in the movement to swap out the school standards known as Common Core State Standards for a homegrown set of measures in Indiana. Sure, the General Assembly was able to get a bill to Gov. Mike Pence last month to scrap t

    April 8, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.