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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy (Disappearing) Labor Day!

Labor Day is gone and past and Yay to that..

Because when we at A&G think on the holiday, we don't look at it from the perspective of workers getting that extra Monday off at the end of summer before heading back to the grind.

Rather we think how if corporations had it their way, a lot of you wouldn't even have the jobs you have -- you'd simply be replaced by automated units or your position made redundant i.e. irrelevant then condensed with other positions or fulfilled offshore.

It made us think of the fast food industry.. How happy these silly uneducated workers were to secure $15/hr minimum wage in some states like California.

Of course no one thinks the repercussions like the pic below..
Why deal with rude uppity inner-city types when you can key in your own orders..   And of course now you only have to hire burger flippers and janitorial staff

Speaking of McDonalds, they suddenly decided after honestly Decades of people demanding it, that starting October 6th, they will serve the breakfast menu all day long..

Why?  They realized people want this and it will increase profits projected by 2.9% when as things stand now, their sales have been in decline..

Much cheaper to feed the family flapjacks and sausage for dinner than BigMacs

Yep.. Everyone loves Labor Day..
People celebrate it as much as they do the rosy faux unemployment figures which say we're at 5.3% and dropping while ignoring the 90+ million people who for one reason or another do not have employment and survive only by the government's hand (or teat)

Did you know according to a study done by Household Survey, about 2.9 million jobs have been created since 2007..   Nice, right?

Did you also know of that figure, only about 800k of those jobs are held by native-born Americans. (no we don't mean Indians.. we mean people like you & we).

The other 2.1 million new jobs have been claimed by foreign born people who now reside among us in jobs like the service industry (burger flippers, waitresses) and tourism (maids)
But hey, don't fret..

At least the stock market, the entity that at least 75% of Americans do not have a single penny of their own money invested in, is still 'strong', right?

That will help things..

But getting back to Labor Day, ever wonder why it really was chosen to be celebrated this time of year?  

And no, it had absolutely nothing with giving people one last little bit of fun before the unofficial end of summertime..
From Wikipedia:

"Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. 

After the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Therefore, in 1887, the United States holiday was established in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored"

So you're thinking, OK what was the Haymarket Massacre?
"The aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. 

An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded...

The Haymarket affair is generally considered significant as the origin of international May Day observances for workers"
This was back before business owners could just replace workers with robots..

Or temps..

If people went on strike and truly disrupted profits, police and armed thugs were usually brought in to shoot to kill as many of the strikers as possible before they came to their senses and went back to work..

Wonder how many thought of that while grilling their BBQ favorites while the kiddies are splashing around in the swimming pool?
So we'll end today's posting with a short true story of how yours truly spent part of my Labor Day to make a bigger point..

Being in the need of some replacement fluorescent bulbs, the kind and size one is forced to trek to a hardware store to purchase, I visited my local Lowe's (it could have been Home Depot but Lowe's just happens to be closer)

I find my way to the 'Lighting' section.. No one at all with the cheery blue aprons to assist me, so after much time hunting, I find what I am looking for..

Two General Electric 18" fluorescent bulbs..
Good el' GE- the company that did not pay a single penny in corporate taxes last year (along with Facebook and others) even though the nation runs an annual budget deficit on top of its National Debt load

Yep.. Good ol' GE..  Bulbs made in Indonesia cause we Americans are good enough to buy the bulbs, just not good enough to make them..

Then found the checkout..  Automated that is..

Scanned a couple items.. pushed a couple items and swiped my card..  Out the door and didn't see or have opportunity to interact with a single living, employed soul..

Guess the workers were all away on Labor Day vacation?