Monday, September 3, 2018 / by Jiun Liao
Did you get the title? It’s ‘Labour Day. The Backwards Holiday.’ Every year I wonder why this holiday is named Labour Day. Since it’s a holiday intended to be just that, a holiday- I think it would be better suited to be named Relax Day, Lazy Day, Off Day, maybe Sleep-in Day, or even Do-Nothing Day, anything other than Labour Day. After all, we know what labour means, and if anything we should be celebrating Labour Day by labouring.
Labour Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.
In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were pulling in 70-hour work weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, these numbers dropped to 60 hours a week, which was an improvement but it was still too high.
These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on earning a shorter eight-hour work day. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labour Day holiday, and reducing the work week to just six days.
Recent data shows that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most only work five days a week, making these early union organizers’ dream a reality.
Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were actually in favour of giving workers more time off. Because most workers had very little free time, they could not spend their wages properly causing a problem for the economy.
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.
So, to celebrate the month of September and the all important Labour Day, I have a special announcement to make: I will be Labouring, but for a very special reason.
My team and I love to help you and those you know buy or sell a place they can call home. In fact it's a race to help as many as possible so we can GIVE more away.
A CORE philosophy within our team is ‘the size of the hole you give thru is directly proportional to the size of the hole you receive 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… the great work being done at Easter Seals.
Each month I do my best to remind you that YOUR referrals help the kids…
Through our Go Serve Big mission, we are on a mission to raise $21,000 for Easter Seals by donating a portion of our income from home sales to them. As you are probably aware Easter Seals does a tremendous job of helping kids with physical and mental disabilities overcome many obstacles, and helps them achieve a greater sense of independence and acceptance. In Ontario, they are also the industry leader in specialized camping and recreational programs.
As Ontario’s leading non-profit for kids with disabilities, they depend on sponsorships and donations to continue their leading-edge camps and keeping family expenses to a minimum. So, YOUR REFERRALS REALLY DO HELP THE KIDS…
Please refer anyone you know that is considering buying or selling a home over to my real estate sales team. Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but they would be contributing to a very worthy cause as well. Simply call me directly at 705-238-6001 or forward my number on.
With all my appreciation,
Bill Jackson | Team Leader
Lake Country Real Estate Team