In case you are not sure of the title…it’s Labor Day. The Backwards Holiday. Every year when it rolls around, I wonder why it is named Labor Day. Since it’s a holiday intended to be just that, a holiday – I would think a better name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep-in Day, maybe even Do-Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day. After all, we know what labor means. And many will likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring.
Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.
In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.
These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a shorter eight-hour workday. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the workweek to just six days.
These early organizers clearly won since the most recent data shows that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most people work only five days a week.
Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were in favor of giving workers more time off. That is because workers who had no free time were not able to spend their wages on traveling, entertainment, or dining out.
As the U.S. economy expanded beyond farming and basic manufacturing in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became important for businesses to find consumers interested in buying the products and services being produced in ever greater amounts. Shortening the workweek was one way of turning the working class into the consuming class.
So, to celebrate the month of September and the affection for Laboring, I have a special announcement to make. I will be Laboring, but for a very special reason.
My team and I are addicted to helping you and those you know buy or sell the place they call home. In fact, it is a race to help as many as possible so we can GIVE more away.
A CORE philosophy at our company is “the size of the hole you give through is directly proportionate to the size of the hole you receive through”. Therefore, our Impacting Others to Prosper Mission is focused on serving you, and serving those you refer to us, and, of course, serving a very worthy cause!
From providing food for the struggling and hungry through its many food pantries to providing temporary housing for the displaced, abused, or homeless, as well as orphans. From the job programs for struggling neighbors trying to get back on their feet, to the many ways they lead the way in restoring lives one person and one community at a time. They do it through programs like the Summer Lunch Program, the Toy Shop, Market Place for poverty-stricken neighbors, Foster Care Programs, the MyRide Program, etc.
REFER YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS:
Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to our real estate sales team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning real estate service, but a very worthy cause will also benefit as well. To refer anyone considering buying or selling a home just give me a call or pass on my number 865-365-2280. Thank you in advance for your referrals!
You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and me. As we move forward through this red-hot summer, please know we are extremely thankful for you and you being a special part of our business.