Today, much of the "strength, prosperity and well-being" of our hard labor is being siphoned into the coffers of Wall Street. Perhaps, in honor of our labor we should remind ourselves how we are being robbed blind.
Labor Day, for some, signals a three day weekend and perhaps the unofficial end of summer. But for many households across America, Labor Day has become more than a just another day off of work because millions remain jobless.
Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.
How a society organizes and rewards work is a central and core element in its overall character. We mustn't think about labor just once a year. We need to think about it, and its needs, all the time.
Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.
Having a good sense of humor probably is an important piece of employment and life success, but joking on a job interview requires a little forethought. Otherwise it could be your last laugh on company time.
While I am a strong advocate of teens working a full-time summer job and even some weekend work during the school year, I don't believe that an after-school job is a good idea. Parents, you need to help your children balance work, school and time off.
If the baby boomers remain on their career path for a longer period of time, they should give the Millennials the same amount of time to enter the workforce.
There's a ton of interesting analysis out in recent days on the quite explicit though often under-appreciated economic thrust of the March on Washington that took place half-a-century ago today. Economist Joseph Stiglitz and others note the lack of black progress on many key variables: income, poverty, wealth, employment. Richard Reeves adds an important and trenchant analysis of the black mobility gap. I agree with these facts, but want to add an additional, simple point which is in danger of getting overlooked: the evidence shows the Dr. King was right. Full employment is a substantial part of what it will take to achieve economic justice.
Today, we broadly acknowledge that our diversity is one of our nation's greatest assets. But the full name for the 1963 event was "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." And, examined through that lens, measuring progress on achieving Dr. King's dream becomes much more complex.
It's not just a lack of empathy or understanding of the facts. It's about leadership and the failure of our leaders to temper ideology with pragmatism and acting for the greater good.
We risk an entire generation missing out on important first-work experiences and education credentials, both key to future individual and familial success as well as the nation's global competitiveness.
The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.
Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners for financial stability and to achieve their families goals. The crises of spouse unemployment really undermines our population
This could be an uphill battle, however, due to two statistics: Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the region and unemployment is 9.2 percent -- second highest in the nation.
Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.