Sherry Young: Is it time to replace Labor Day with VJ Day or 9/11?

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 18, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    @ procuradorfiscal:

    Without unions and the labor movement, we would still have the conditions that caused the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, with sweatshops exploiting the poor and powerless. Employers would be able to demand that workers work seven days a week for twelve hours a day with no vacations, no time off for illness, and would be able to pay them as little as they wanted. Look at the conditions in third world sweatshops and remember that it used to be like that here as well. If that's what we need to have in order to compete with other countries, we're in bigger trouble than we realize.

    Perhaps part of the problem with Labor Day is that no one remembers what it was for. It's become nothing more than a day with sales on merchandise, where the workers are working harder than ever to take care of customers rather than being "what it's all about." It's a bit reminiscent of my last employer, who insisted that I work on Veteran's Day, although I was allowed an hour off to march in the parade and didn't have to change out of my uniform before returning.

  • Lilly Munster netherlands, 00
    Aug. 17, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    Let's just hope that "Procurdorfiscal" works in a non-union sweatshop, with no benefits, at part time wages, and has NO job protections. After all, we wouldn't want him (the scorn indicates an angry man) to be guilty of hypocracy, and we wouldn't want him to be making enough money to ever be accused of "Socialist Principals." The less he earns, the more there is for profits for Halliburton, G.E., and all the other Vulture Capitalists. One imagines he could be very proud of himself if he lives in a tar paper shack, has no college education, and lives at poverty levels. Unfair assessment? It's HIS values.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    The calender from the D A V is a good reminder about the disabled vet's. The conflict we are in isn't about how many people that are killed but how many come home disabled. It seems to me If we can save their lives, why put them in harms way to be hurt.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    Re: "The reason you have weekends, 8 hour workdays, vacation days, workplace safety conditions, and a host of other benefits is because unions fought for them."

    And, once the trade-union movement bought off the rubes with those "gifts," that they continue to disingenuously take credit for, they continued to peddle that socialist dependency snake oil for the next 100 years.

    There are even a few callow rubes that continue to buy today.

    But, step back. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself -- what have unions done for you lately?

    They drove whole industries and the good jobs in those industries overseas. They bankrupted or required reorganization of the steel, railroad, auto-making, retail grocery, telecom, airline, trucking, and electronics industries, destroying or decrementing millions of good jobs. They destroyed most cities in the rust belt, including, most recently, Detroit.

    And, worst of all, they recently deprived me of my favorite snack cakes.

    Unions. Hah. What are they good for? . . . .

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    "the most destructive, anti-prosperity, anti-American leftist political movement in American history."

    Then how come wealth inequality has spiked the past thirty years at the same time that the percentage of the labor force in unions has plummeted? The reason you have weekends, 8 hour workdays, vacation days, workplace safety conditions, and a host of other benefits is because unions fought for them.

  • elsmere241 Elsmere, DE
    Aug. 15, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    "Fortunately, on Labor Day, most Americans celebrate the end of summer, rather than than anything to do with Big Labor."

    If September 11th became a holiday (and I don't think that would be appropriate regardless) I'm afraid it would become what Labor Day is now, pushed back a week.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    Millhouse put it very well. There are a number of military related holidays. And labour could use a little recognition instead of all the abuse it's taken lately, even if that recognition is a long weekend mattress blowout sale.

  • milhouse Atlanta, GA
    Aug. 14, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    I appreciate all of the things that our veterans have done for us. But we do already have Memorial Day (near the end of WWII in Europe and the Civil War) and Veterans Day (marking the end of WWI), not to mention Flag Day and Independence Day.

    The American worker deserves recognition. We would not have won any of the wars of the 20th century without the battleships built in American shipyards or the economic growth created by our manufacturers. To replace a celebration of American labor with another holiday dedicated to America's military superiority would send an unfortunate message to future generations: America is great because we build things, not because we destroy them.