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Labor Day

Celebrities Emerging From Water Because Hey ... It's Labor Day!

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment

It's Labor Day weekend, everybody! Which means it's your last chance to catch some seaside rays before the official end of summer. But in case you're ...

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

Labor Day: The Beginning of a Breakthrough

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This Labor Day, working families do not have much to celebrate when it comes to wages and job security. But we can celebrate the fact that the deteriorating conditions of work are finally breaking through into broad political consciousness. Last week, the board of directors of Market Basket, one of the last of the independent supermarket chains, agreed to restore the fired CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, who had treated workers decently rather than just milking the enterprise for dividends as another faction of this family-owned company has sought to do. An uprising by salaried managers and workers had brought the business to a halt. The Market Basket story is particularly instructive, because it represents how so-called shareholder capitalism puts pressure on managers to destroy job security and decent earnings for working people.

Who is an Employee, Joint Employee, or Independent Contractor?

Brad Reid | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Labor Day encourages a review of the legal status of labor. Worker status is important because numerous statutes such as minimum wage and overtime requirements apply to employees but not to independent contractors.

8 Unforgettable Lessons We Learned From Our First Jobs

Next Avenue | Liza Kaufman-Hogan | Posted 02.26.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Liza Kaufman-Hogan What was your first job? Serving fast food, delivering newspapers, cleaning hotel rooms, picking ...

In Honor Of Labor Day (Get It?), Here Are 18 Pregnant Celebrities

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment

We know Labor Day isn't about the moms-to-be around the world, but we really couldn't resist rounding up all the pregnant celebrities in Hollywood. He...

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century.

Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

Kevin Walsh | Posted 10.30.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

This weekend, we're celebrating the end of summer -- the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and president with a guilty-conscience. It was strictly a PR move.

Obama On Labor Day: Don't Take Your Rights For Granted

AP | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for grante...

19 Women Who Have A Very Complicated Relationship With Grills

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women

This weekend, women around the nation may encounter a foreign cooking device traditionally used to bring meat and accompanying fare to a temperature s...

How To Ruin Your Labor Day Party Before It Even Begins

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 08.30.2014 | HuffPost Home

If there is one place where would-be hosts are likely to screw up their party before it even begins, it's answering this question: "What can I bring t...

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

For Labor Day, Work Through This List

Carl Fillichio | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

So in honor of Labor Day, and in honor of the working men and women the holiday honors, we've added 10 new books -- suggested via public submissions by ordinary working people -- to our ongoing list of Books that Shaped Work in America.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

The Labor Day Sales Your Home Wants You To Shop

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Home | Posted 08.31.2014 | HuffPost Home

Contrary to popular belief, Labor Day weekend is not the end of summer. But while your opportunity to hit the beach, fire up the grill or kick back wi...

Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy. The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions.

Things You Didn't Know About Labor Day

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Labor Day marks the end of wearing white for the year, but what else does it signify? The national holiday, which is celebrated every first Monday of ...

Looking Back At America's Changing Opinions On Unions

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years late...

Dear Everyone: Labor Day Is NOT The 'End Of Summer'

Brie Dyas | Posted 10.29.2014 | HuffPost Home
Brie Dyas

Honestly, it seems like there is maybe one week of summer we can actually enjoy. I don't care if there is pumpkin spice lattes to be had and school supplies to be bought. Summer doesn't end for weeks. Let's stop rushing through the season.

One Brilliant Recipe That Combines Two Barbecue Staples

OWN | Posted 08.29.2014 | OWN

A summer barbecue doesn't seem complete without two culinary staples: potato salad and grilled corn. But before you round up the usual ingredients and...

From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere.

Grilling for Labor Day? Don't Burn the Planet

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

Once you start replacing servings of meat with plant protein, your statistical life span starts to improve. Same goes for the planet.

1.5 Million Opportunities to Strengthen Your Business

Dakota Meyer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Dakota Meyer

While I agree with many about the moral obligation our country has to take care of its veterans and support them as they reintegrate into society, good business is ultimately built on good strategy. And the business case for hiring veterans is a strong one.

From Crane Operator to Artist: How a Homeless Man Is Transforming His Life

Liz Powers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Powers

As my mailbox becomes inundated with flyers advertising extravagant Labor Day sales, I can't help but think about all of the people who became unemployed in the recession. How have their lives transformed over the last six years? Where are they now?