Happy Labor Day! In our culture, many of us worship (or at least admire) athletes, actors, musicians, politicians, and wealthy entrepreneurs. Some of these high-profile people are worthy of the acclaim; others, not so much.
But at its heart, today is a day to celebrate the people who spend their days not seeking the spotlight, but working hard in the jobs that make our lives run more smoothly. Hospital orderlies. Plumbers. Sanitation workers. Teachers. Carpenters. Restaurant servers. Paramedics. The list goes on ...
Tim Woodward has a good story in today's Idaho Statesman interviewing several people who do the dirty jobs we often overlook. What's the dirtiest, hardest, or generally most objectionable job you've ever held? What's your favorite job you've ever had?
P.S. Also in today's Statesman, a great op-ed by Dave Whaley of the Idaho AFL-CIO. Dave writes: "This Labor Day is an opportunity to demand that our economy once again meets our needs. We can do this by calling on all our elected officials to start supporting a working people's agenda. Let's create good jobs and provide employers with incentives to keep them here. Let's make sure workers can live in dignity with health care and retirement security. Together, working people can get back in the driver's seat and make sure our elected leaders and our economy works for us." More here.