On the way to the gym, I was thinking, there were no cheery sentiments on Facebook yesterday concerning Labor Day. Normally there are glad tidings for holidays particularly patriotic ones. Nothing yesterday. Nothing that I saw and I usually see abundant holiday cheer. Why the silence?
I’m am not a union proponent but I am also not in favor of exploiting workers. As industries produced less “Made in America” production was sent overseas where corporations could take advantage of cheaper labor markets. Manufacturing moved to countries where there is no Labor Day. At a time, our county was fairly at easy with exploiting workers for corporate profits. In many counties corporations, some American interest, are taking advantage of workers.
Occasionally the press will run some stories of a well known person who licensed their name or actually owns a company that gets caught in a snare. Usually the stories concerns poor working conditions or children working in factories. This is eventually forgotten and it’s back to business as usual. I don’t hate business and certainly am not, for the most part, anti-capitalism, but I am anti-greed. Similarly I love my county but don’t even like my government. Many of the problems involving workers have to do with greedy people who run corporations and their greedy power hungry politicians. So that is what I was thinking because I woke up today.
But wait there’s more, after my workout I noted on a news channel that, I think it is Thursday, fast food restaurant workers across the county are planning a walkout in hopes of having their average wage of $7.25 per hour raised to $15.00 an hour. Of course this has and will spark debate over the next couple of days.