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Monday, September 05, 2005

Happy Labor Day!

Many of you may have been wondering why today's post has been so delayed. Well, the answer is simple: today is a holiday. That's right- here in the United States, today is Labor Day, which is the day each year we set aside to pretend that we give a flying fuck at a rolling donut about the working class.

There's an irony to this day, of course. To understand it, you first need to know that with the loss of manufacturing jobs to overseas locations we really don't have a traditional working class in this country- or at least, not much of one. Then, you need to understand that a large portion of our low-paying, low-skill jobs are in the service sector which, sadly, stands to make a great deal of money entertaining people on Labor Day. So, those low-paid employees that provide services tend not to get the holiday meant to honor the working class off, while those in somewhat better class positions, as well as those who have never had to work, are free to enjoy a day of leisure.

So, really, happy Bitter Irony day!

That's the main reason why today's post was delayed. The other, of course, being that with recent events I've nearly been too depressed to crawl out of bed. John Roberts knows what I mean: based on the photo below, I think he's about to cry, too.

That, or he has some really bad gas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I was part of the working class, I loved Bitter Irony day. Mostly because we did get a day off for the holiday. However, this day was never on the actual holiday. See our product always needed to be delivered to stores the day after Labor Day, or any holiday for that matter, so we always had to work on the holiday, so our product was available to be delivered the next morning. The bitter irony here is that we got a day off but it was always some useless day like the Wednesday before the holiday, making it a completely useless day off because no one you knew had the day off. Just wanted to share because even some of us in the working class get screwed by Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 8:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do employers have to pay extra for not giving workers the day off in the states? Here in New Zealand it's 1.5 times the pay rate plus a day in leiu, but we're a bit of a market-socialist paradise.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

Honestly, Brad, I don't know- which suggests to me that we don't have to pay workers 1.5, but I could be wrong. I am certain that most businesses are not required to provide comp time for the last day.

Anyone have a better idea than I do?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 7:00:00 PM  

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