Monday, September 02, 2013
There is an irony about today's holiday. It celebrates achievements of workers, but millions of them cannot take advantage of the time off. They are laboring in Big Box stores, in fast food restaurants, in hundreds of thousands of retail locations to serve the millions at rest. And, they are the lowest-paid employees in the economy. This was highlighted by the strike of fast-food workers in the last week. If these laborers were granted the privilege of taking time off like everyone else, stores would not be open today and beaches would be over-crowded. One wonders if retail establishments are setting themselves up for a public relations crisis in the years to come.