As you likely know, Labor Day was celebrated recently, and this day is incredibly important because of the Labor movement that went on during the middle of the 20th century. Unions were an incredibly large thing then and, because of that, a lot of people were seeking out the rights that they wanted and they deserved. There are a lot of things that came out of the labor movement, including 8 hour days, paid leave, health benefits, weekends, and more. Even though not all of these still apply in every business, it’s still an important concept to explore.
Labor laws are something that are constantly in flux, because business people and unions alike are always looking for the things that they want. In some cases, that’s a middle ground between the two of them. In other cases, it’s what they want to get out of it. Some people have even tried to get rid of unions, to no avail. As you likely know, companies like Walmart don’t even allow their workers to unionize because of the fear of what would happen if they did. It’s quite an interesting thing to watch as negotiations occur and as companies try to throw their weight around.
Labor laws will always be a question, as long as we have people in the workforce that have the ability to be mistreated and taken advantage of. The most recent labor laws deal with things like the work week, sick days, health insurance and other benefits, and maternity leave. While some of these things weren’t even discussed during the initial labor movement that happened back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, they are important topics that are still being discussed. It will be interesting to see what future changes and adjustments are made in order to make sure that both employees and businesses get what they want.
What do you think the next big change in labor is going to be? As more people go in and out of the workforce, and less people stay in their jobs for extended periods of time, it will be interesting to see how unions and other organizations continue to affect everyone who is currently in the workforce. Labor Day was a time for us to remember what they did for the labor movement and what will continue to happen in the future because of their efforts in the past.