We celebrate Labor Day every year with barbecues and picnics, rarely remembering that the holiday was born in the midst of tremendous labor struggles to improve working conditions.
In the last century, 16-hour workdays and 6-and 7-day workweeks led to terribly high injury rates in the nation's mines and mills.
Thousands upon thousands of workers died, caught in the grinding machinery of our growing industries.
Today, despite improvements, thousands of workers still die in what has been described as a form of war on the American workforce.
This commentary reminds us of the historical toll in lives and limbs that workers have paid to provide us with our modern prosperity.
It also reminds us that the continuing toll is far too high and that workers who died and continue to die in order to produce our wealth deserve to be remembered and honored on this national holiday.
Mots-clés Pascal : Siècle 19eme, Siècle 20eme, Travail, Travailleur, Condition travail, Lieu travail, Morbidité, Mortalité, Historique, Histoire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Century 19th, Century 20th, Work, Worker, Working condition, Work place, Morbidity, Mortality, Case history, History
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0516302
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 18/05/2000.