Erasing Labor Day?
A friend of mine posted this picture yesterday: She took it at her dry cleaners. It led to a very funny thread on her Facebook wall: "Someone might need a tutorial on holidays?" "Police? Well, they are usually unionized, right?" "Union organizers! They keep us strong and free." "My shop steward definitely keeps me safe from management." And it went on from there. One person made the case that the dry cleaners' experience was directly connected to the events at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York and made them, possibly, more amenable to learning the stories of America's labor organizing histories. "History is a weapon." Several people mentioned American flags flying everywhere in honor of Labor Day. Here in Tennessee, college classes ran on schedule and even the campus post office was open for half the day. Labor Day seemed a non-event. Are we erasing Labor Day from our national commemorative c