Parades. Cookouts. Back to school shopping. And for some, the end of summer.
Labor Day has a different meaning to many people throughout the region, depending on their point of view. But in the Great Lakes region, it is hard to overlook its roots as a holiday to celebrate working men and women. Jobs and the redefinition of jobs will be a key focus of Changing Gears, and you’ll be hearing about new approaches to jobs when we go on the air Sept. 20, just two weeks from now.
Labor Day originated in New York, and became a national holiday after the devastating strike involving the Pullman rail car company of Chicago. In Detroit, generations of union members, from the United Automobile Workers to the Teamsters to members of the hotel and restaurant trades have gathered downtown each Labor Day in solidarity.
This year, members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, involved in difficult contract talks that could determine the orchestra’s future, have been invited to join in. Past parades have featured presidents and presidential candidates. John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, appeared at what was then called Cadillac Square in 1960 to give the speech that kicked off his presidential campaign.
How will you be spending Labor Day — and are jobs on your mind?