What is the Heart of America? THE AMERICAN WORKER! They drive the economic engine of America’s economy. In World War II victory was due to the American Worker and their ability to produce tanks, planes, ships and all of America’s and our allies needs. The American worker was the key to victory. On this Labor Day weekend, we take time out to recognize everything the American Worker contributes to our Nation.
Labor day is a national holiday the first Monday in September. It was first recognized in 1894 to placate unionist following the Pullman strikes. In the Pullman strikes, several workers were killed by U.S. Marshalls and military. This prompted congress to unanimously rush legislation making Labor Day a national holiday. Labor day is traditionally recognized as the unofficial last day of summer (Could have fooled me, It’s 100 degrees outside). In high society it is traditionally the last day to wear white for the year (Does that mean I have to put my white bell bottoms away? Labor Day is about BBQs and lake outings and many things BUT what it really stands for is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of the American Worker.
I happen to have the honor to work alongside some of these American Workers at Ebsco. They produce some of the best quality springs in the world. They compete globally and win. They make springs that go in the U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter, they make springs that go in the U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopter. Their springs are in oil fields, on pipelines and in refineries across the globe. Their springs are in the biggest construction equipment that builds the world. Their springs are shipped across the globe driving America’s economy. The Ebsco Team contributes to the economy of America everyday.
We also celebrate the social contributions of the American Worker. The picture above was taken last Thursday. It is the Ebsco Team wearing shirts to support Alzheimer’s Awareness. With those shirts they sent a check to the Alzheimer’s Foundation for over $800. I have other photos just like this one of them in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and Blue supporting men’s health. A team walked in the Alzheimer’s walk and have been in several other walks. They collected school supplies for children with needs to make this school year a little easier. They have served at the Food Bank, have blood drives at the facility and on and on. I am just as proud of their contributions to society as I am of the quality products they make.
So on this Labor Day I want to salute the American Worker and specifically the great team I work with at Ebsco Spring. You are all my heroes.
Now if you will excuse me, I think it’s time to fire up the BBQ.