Commonwealth Policy Center

Happy Labor Day! Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 after the labor movement demanded safer working conditions. The labor reformers also worked for an 8-hour workday, fair wages, and the end to child labor. Safer conditions and reasonable workloads were eventually accomplished, but even with the best of conditions and best of jobs, we sometimes struggle with work even if we’re paid well. But even if you don’t like your job consider yourself blessed. After all, we’re all hardwired for work. We’re made to create and be productive. Work brings dignity, self-sufficiency and it builds community. We’re also hardwired for rest. So enjoy your day off today with family and friends and give thanks to God for your job as you rest.