10/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Happy Terkel Day

Well, why wouldn't we rename Labor Day after Studs?

He wrote Working, which gave workers the dignity of their own eloquence, he defended workers his whole life and never stopped working himself until his death last fall at 96.

He also narrated this film, "Can't Take No More," about workers' health and safety. Created and distributed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in 1979, it was promptly banned by Ronald Reagan's OSHA in 1981. Most copies were destroyed.

But not all.

Have a safe Terkel Day, Chicago.

David Murray blogs regularly at Writing Boots.