When we think of Labor day, most of us think about fun stuff like tailgate parties and barbecues.
We take it for granted now, but our forefathers fought tooth and nail for better working conditions a century ago. That’s how Labor Day and The Labor movement came about.
Read your history. It was nasty. It was brutal. But Labor won in the end (how much they won is always debatable, of course), and Thank Heavens that it did.
Like all important history, to honor it properly means we don’t forget the unpleasant bits that got us to where we are now. That doesn’t mean we despise our past, but we don’t brush it under the rug, either.
On a more practical note, the truth is that honoring Labor isn’t about a holiday or cushy perks, but about creating businesses that give people meaningful work and a higher purpose. That’s the real prize, that’s what we should really honor.