This is it. The last day of freedom. The calm before the storm. For all those who’ve already started school or who work year round, this is a respite, an extra day to the weekend. In theory, of course, we’re supposed to be recognizing labor, and the hard work of workers across the country. It is also a reminder of the hard-fought battle for better working conditions, things many of us take for granted: a 40 hour work week, sick leave, vacation time, and decent wages. Even in the US, not everyone experiences good working conditions. And Americans tend to work more than their counterparts in other industrialized countries. With our constant ability to connect to work via our phones and other mobile devices, we’re likely to spend a few hours working during our off time. And with unemployment high, working more seems like the right thing to do. At least you’re employed.
For more about the history of working conditions and work hours, check out this article. And I hope you are all enjoying some time not working.