Thursday, September 19, 2019 / by Harry Bing
The Year Labor Day Went Missing
Every year when it rolls around I wonder why it’s named Labor Day and can’t help making the same point. Since it’s a Holiday intended to be just that, a Holiday – I would think a better name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep in Day, maybe even Do-Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day. After all, we know what Labor means. While most across the country where enjoying their labor day, in Florida it went missing and many were likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring.
First a little about the history of Labor Day,
Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.
In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a shorter eight-hour work day. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the workweek to just six days.These early organizers clearly won since the most recent data show that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most people work only five days a week.Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were actually in favor of giving workers more time off. That’s because workers who had no free time were not able to spend their wages on traveling, entertainment or dining out. As the U.S. economy expanded beyond farming and basic manufacturing in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became important for businesses to find consumers interested in buying the products and services being produced in ever greater amounts. Shortening the work week was one way of turning the working class into the consuming class.
Now how did it go Missing??? Well in Florida we had a hurricane approaching, so that meant stress, and increased labor. Preparing for a hurricane is very laborious from checking generators, to getting gas, groceries, medicine and other supplies. Then there is the house prep, making sure all is secure to avoid flying debris and furniture. Things that would normally take minutes turn into hours because of the long lines and suddenly the day is gone. Stolen by a Hurricane. No BBQ, no laying around relaxing. Fortunately it turned out to be a minor inconvenience for us.
However, it was a major catastrophe for the Bahamas. I doubt that Myrna and I will be celebrating our Anniversary there as we have done for each of the past 6 years. The damage has been devastating and they need our help. So, to celebrate the month of September and the affection for Laboring, I have a special announcement to make: I will be Laboring, but for a very special reason.
A CORE philosophy at our company is ‘the size of the hole you receive thru is directly proportionate to the size of the hole you give thru’. This is why our Mission is to Go Serve Big!!! Serve you, serve those you refer to us and of course, serve a very worthy cause.
This month’s GO SERVE BIG Mission is this. We are matching cash donations up to a total of $1,000 to send to the Bahamas. You send $50… we will match it. You send a $100 we will match it. That way instead of us sending a $1,000 maybe we could as a group do more to help those devastated by the Hurricane that stole our Labor Day.
My team and I are addicted to helping you and those you know buy or sell the place they call home. In fact it's a race to help as many as possible so we can GIVE more away. While seeking to help the Bahamas we will not abandon our general focus.
Each month I do my best to remind you that YOUR referrals help the kids… Through our Go Serve Big mission to raise $5,000 for Every Kid Outreach and other youth organizations in the community this year! We do this by donating to them a portion of our income from homes we sell by referral. As you know, Every Kid Outreach (EKO) is a Christ-Centered youth organization that will ENGAGE - INSPIRE - CONNECT middle and high school teenagers with programs that provide a fun and safe environment and mentorship devoted to developing community leaders for tomorrow. We remain committed to donating a portion of our income from selling homes by referral to the great work that they do. So, YOUR REFERRALS HELP THE KIDS!
Anyone you know considering buying or selling a home please refer them on over to my real estate sales team. Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but a very worthy cause will benefit as well. Simply call me direct at 321-436-5463 or forward my number on.
With all my appreciation.