“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas A. Edison
The first Labor Day holiday, created by the Central Labor Union of New York, was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Often we only think of this holiday as an end of summer. Celebrate today the 364 days you work and help make the world economy revolve. Yes, we are the world – each worker of the world helps make every other workers’ life better. If you work, have worked or will work, this day is for you!
They Earned the Right
I knew Ket and Knudsen, Zeller, Zeder and Breer.
I knew Henry Ford back yonder as a lightplant engineer.
I’m a knew-’em-when companion who frequently recalls
That none of the those big brothers were too proud for overalls.
All the Fishers, all the leaders, all the motion pioneers
Worked at molds or lathes or benches at the start of their careers.
Chrysler, Keller, Nash and others whom I could but now won’t name
Had no high-falutin’ notion ease and softness led to fame.
They had work to do and did it. Did it bravely, did it right,
Never thinking it important that their collars should be white.
Never counted hours of labor, never wished their tasks to cease,
And for years their two companions were those brothers, dirt and grease.
Boy, this verse is fact, not fiction, all the fellows I have named
Worked for years for wages and were never once ashamed.
Dirt and grease were their companions, better friends than linen white;
Better friends than ease and softness, golf or dancing every night.
Now in evening clothes you see them in the nation’s banquet halls.
But they earned the right to be there, years ago, in overalls.
By Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)
Edgar Guest began his career at the Detroit Free Press in 1895.