|September 6, 2021|
September 6 Government Domain Newsletter: Labor Day
"For the scripture says. “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain and the laborer deserves his wages”.1 Timothy 5:18
In 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September, Labor Day. It was created in recognition of the American labor movement and the great contribution of the American worker.
America has been built by the labor of hard working men and women. Up until the mid 1800’s, most employment was related to agriculture. With the rapid growth of our country, more goods and machinery were needed. Industrialists built factories to increase productivity. To fill those newly created factory jobs, many workers left the farm, including former slaves. This began the industrial revolution.
Some of the men who created America’s great industrial complex, and achieved tremendous wealth for themselves, were Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller. Unfortunately their unscrupulous labor practices coined them the name “robber barons”.
Most workers were forced to work extremely long hours in dangerous conditions for little pay. To combat this injustice, the labor movement began. Unions were organized to fight for workers’ rights.
Labor has achieved great gains over the years. Today, worker safety has never been higher. With low unemployment, employers are competing for workers and wages are on the rise. Labor Day is a tribute to you, the American worker. Thank you for building America.
Pray that God continues to have his hand on our great nation and blesses us with peace and prosperity.