Itís time to celebrate Labor Day, Brothers and Sisters.
Labor Day is more than a holiday or that holiday that we may use to mark the end of summer and summer vacations. Labor Day is the working personís holiday, a day for our relaxation, an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers. Our annual tribute to workers has been a federal holiday for well over a century and heralds those contributions that have improved the lives of workers and the well being of our great nation. We have much to be thankful for as we reflect upon the hard work and struggles of our predecessors in labor. At the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, workdays were exceedingly long with seven day workweeks that included child labor, unsafe working conditions, and little concern for adequate breaks and sanitary facilities. In general, there was little concern for the well being of the American worker until labor unions appeared.
Letís not forget the achievements of the American worker. Agree and disagree but stay engaged and together on the issues that challenge all that we have accomplished in the workplace. To do otherwise will surely erode the foundation of workers' rights in America. Letís continue the celebration for one more week and join us on that first Saturday after Labor Day at our annual clambake. I hope to see you all at the clambake on September 6th for some fellowship, good stories, and good times.
Happy Labor Day, Brothers and Sisters.
Yours in Solidarity,
John P. Kaiser
80 Washington Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel. (845) 471-3232 Fax (845) 473-2218