Sunday, September 2, 2012
The genesis of the holiday has nothing to do with shopping or barbecues, but it's to celebrate the gains unions won for all workers.
On Monday, politicians are pressing the flesh, people are swimming at the Shore or barbecuing with friends, shoppers are searching for bargains and children are beginning to lament the imminent start of school. Labor Day has come to signal the unofficial end of summer, but it didn't start off that way. It's called Labor Day for a reason. The U.S. Department of Labor calls it "a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country." For labor, it's supposed to be about the contributions that unions have made to society, both in terms of the improvement of general working conditions and in terms of pay and benefits for workers. These days, there's not a lot to celebrate. “…
Find out where you can go in Morristown on this holiday.
Ah, Labor Day. While about three weeks separate it from fall, it still is the unofficial end of summer. For better or worse. Soon, the kids will be back at school. The leaves will begin to change colors and fall to the ground. The temperatures will grow cooler, then colder. But, until then, we have a day of relaxation and celebration for Morristown on Monday. We will continue to update this list as we learn of places that will be open, closed, offering specials and so on. If you're a business that wants to let your customers know what's going on for Labor Day, make sure to post in the comments. Here's what we have: CLOSED
Friday, August 31, 2012
For Labor Day, Patch looks at how jobs have changed during the last century, including one Speedwell Avenue business that has survived and thrived with the times.
This is a story about jobs that, by and large, simply don’t exist in the United States anymore. Or if they do, are holding on by the fiber-optic thread that will soon extinguish the occupation for good. Some are ancient history, like the iceman who has not cometh since the Eisenhower Administration. And others—including the minimum wage Wal-Mart “greeter” that once welcomed people into the Cedar Knolls store—were here just yesterday. But, this story has a happy ending, at least for one Morristown shoe repair shop and its many loyal customers. A LESS DISPOSABLE TIME At The Sun newspaper of Baltimore—where many wonder if reporters will eventually go the way of the typewriter (and the skilled folks who repaired them)—there used to be an aged…