Monday, September 7, 2009

The reason for the season

Via Crooks and Liars, Labor Day is a good - and appropriate - time to thank the labor movement for both: a. my paid holiday and b. a 40-hour work week.

Of course, we should grill some meat, hang out at the beach, snooze on the couch, watch Florida State v. Miami and whatnot - I'm off to explore the hill country of central Florida and visit a winery with the First Lady. But let's not allow the historical significance of the day to pass us by.

Today, first and foremost, is about workers' rights.

Also for your viewing pleasure, check out this graphic comparing the average number of work hours per year and per week across selected countries and this memorable speech during last year's presidential campaign from the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka.

Make it a good one.

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