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A Better Region 8: Labor Day's roots still relevant

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Labor Day weekend means so many things. 

It's the unofficial end of summer and the true beginning of football season.  It's a day set aside for the working American to celebrate the hard work we put in all year.  Some of us travel, some of us rest and others, like many of our team here at KAIT, actually work the Labor Day holiday. 

Labor Day as a holiday dates back to the 1880s and was made a legal holiday in 1894. Back then, the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. Millions of Americans were working 12-hour shifts, in harsh conditions, seven days a week with little or no breaks just to make a meager living. The old cliché': "The more things change, the more they stay the same" applies to the American work force today. It seems like we are working longer days for less money.

And although the sacrifices are different than they were in the 1800’s, they are still very real.  According to Fortune magazine, American employees typically leave about 429 million paid vacation days on the table every year.

This holiday, everyone who works hard to make a living should stop and reflect on what it means to enjoy the fruits of labor.  To everyone in our labor force I want to say thank you for making America what it is. 

If you got a day off this Labor Day , I hope you used it in a way that rewarded you and recharged you. 

If you worked this Labor Day, thank you for that too.  Working hard and taking time to enjoy it makes us all more productive and it makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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