Over 100 years ago, Americans began to celebrate Labor Day to honor our nation's working people and the prosperity they contribute to society. Unfortunately, the many labor rights we take for granted today are at risk due to policies that make working people more vulnerable.
Despite worries about sagging consumer confidence and shrinking paychecks, business leaders seem unconcerned about the declining standard of living of middle class America, or about the growing number of American families slipping into poverty.
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." That's what Martin Luther King, Jr. said, and I have learned to never argue with a good Doctor. Happy Labor Day, everybody.
This Labor Day, the BBQ will be the star of that end-of-summer party. But be aware that it can also be the culprit of a super high-sodium meal, easily accounting for upwards of 1,000 milligrams of sodium.
Labor Day means many things to many people -- back to school, the end of summer, a needed respite from the daily grind. For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound.
Texans: They're just a different breed, aren't they? Well the Lone Star State has some suggestions for you if you're wondering what to serve at your Labor Day barbecue. You'll probably want to hide the menu from your cardiologist.
Unemployment is stuck above 8 percent, and many of the jobs that have come back are lower level than the ones lost. But Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to hold that post, is optimistic.