Today, we know Labor Day as Summer's Last Hurrah, a chance to have that one last day before our lives go back to the school year, the new fall television lineup, or that national obsession we have with football.
It's hard to imagine now, but when Labor Day originated over a century ago, we needed the day, and the movement, to draw attention to the horrid working conditions which existed in many of our factories. As this piece from The History Channel states , "the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts' wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks."
We at Synergy HomeCare of North Orange County wish all of you a restful, relaxing day, full of the blessings earned for us in large part by generations of workers, both past and present.