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Labor Day: Honoring workers as employees adjust to COVID-19 regulations

Pennsylvania – Although it might seem like just a fun long weekend and the last chance for some summer fun, Labor Day is actually a federal holiday the honors the dedication of all of our workers throughout the United States, as well as the strength it took to ensure workers’ rights.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Now amid a global pandemic, Labor Day looks a little different. We want to particularly honor those employees who have worked in strange, new, and sometimes scary circumstances with the risk of COVID-19 and figuring out how to handle new COVID-19 guidelines. We also want to honor the workers who have either been temporarily laid off or have lost their jobs due to shutdowns for COVID-19.

We hope our country can soon return to safe and happy employment. Please support your local small businesses and be kind to all workers.

Listen to the interview with Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a labor union organization supporting workers’ rights. This interview was recorded early in the COVID-19 pandemic, in April.