Many of us associate Labor Day with enjoying the final days of summer or heading back to school. But, Labor Day is about appreciating something much more meaningful than weather—the American worker. The first Monday in September celebrates the contributions that American workers have made throughout history to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
During the holiday weekend, the vast majority of the country will celebrate with families and friends, but after the holiday is over, are the sacrifices that American workers make every day still appreciated? Unfortunately, some employers overlook the personal costs incurred by workers in numerous U.S. industries.
Labor Day has been officially designated as a "workingmen's holiday" in all U.S. states since 1894. Industrial cities had the most popular early Labor Day celebrations, which typically included a street parade to "exhibit to the public the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations." A festival to amuse and entertain workers and their families usually followed the parade.
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As labor unions became more popular throughout the early twentieth century, speeches by prominent men and women who led and supported these unions became hallmarks of Labor Day celebrations. No matter your socioeconomic class, Labor Day has always meant paying tribute to those who went to work in all sorts of industries in order to make America the economic powerhouse it is today.
Today, the American worker comes in all shapes and sizes—and calls all manner of workplaces "the office." However, some workers put their lives in danger every day when they head to work.
Heavy machinery and inclement weather, among many other hazards, plague the workplaces of many of America's most dangerous jobs.
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In some of our country's most dangerous industries, employers don't always recognize or work to eliminate the hazards that their employees deal with on an everyday basis, and this can lead to workplace injuries. Sadly, even after an employee has been injured, they may still face an uphill battle with their employer's insurance company over receiving compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses they may have incurred because of their injury.
At our law firm, we stand up for the rights of injured workers. If you've been injured at work, make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We're always here if you need legal help.