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With summer winding down and Labor Day right around the corner, many of us are trying to find time to squeeze in that last-minute vacation. One last backyard barbecue before we get the kids ready to go back to school. As many of us enjoy these summer vacations, now is an appropriate time to reflect on the many contributions working men and women have made to our nation. When the first Labor Day was organized in 1882 by the Central Labor Union, a New York City trade union organization, their purpose was to acknowledge and honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. The labor movement has provided working men and women throughout our history with the framework to allow them to have a collective voice. With one shared voice we proclaim the inherent dignity of work and the right of all workers to be treated with respect and have their work valued.
The benefits and standard of living we enjoy today are the direct result of the sacrifices made and gains realized by those that came before us. We can only hope that the next generation will be lifted up a little higher by standing on the shoulders of the men and women who strive today to realize their dream of a brighter future for their families and coworkers.
Thank you for the work that you do each day. Enjoy the remaining days of summer with friends and family. Be safe and be well.
William R. Dougan
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