Perspective is always beneficial.
As you head for the lake, the beach, or the backyard grill this weekend, you are no doubt grateful for the Labor Day holiday and a little extra time to relax. But Labor Day was not born in the spirit of a leisurely 3-day weekend and the opportunity to sleep late.
Instead, the Labor Day holiday, established by Congress in 1894, was signed into law only days after US Marshals and more than 12,000 Army troops were called to quell violence erupting between striking railway workers and local police. More than a quarter million railway workers were involved across 27 states, and at its worst, train cars were overturned, 1 engineer and 13 striking workers were killed, hundreds of passengers were injured, and property damage in many areas was catastrophic.
Much has changed in the American workplace since that tumultuous time. And although there are many ways that work environments and experiences can still improve, Labor Day gives us all time to pause and reflect, feeling gratitude that we live and work in a time of opportunities and possibilities.
The team at Fulcrum Partners wishes you and those you love, a safe, relaxing Labor Day weekend.