10 Things To Remember on Labor Day

1.) To actually research the history of Labor Day. (hint: it’s more badass than you think.)

2.) That 8.3% of everyone in the U.S is still unemployed.

3.) The umemployment rate for black people is almost double the national average, at around 15%.

4.) The 1.3 million U.S. citizens who make their living as migrant workers in the agricultural industry (what the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration called the second most dangerous job in the country.)  And the 61% of all workers that earn wages below the national poverty level, a median income of less than $10,000 per year.

5.) That women still make only 77 cents to every man’s dollar for doing the same job. And no, not because they work less to raise families; the data holds true for women who work the same amount of hours as men, with the same education level, across 40 different occupations.

6.) And that within that same gender gap, Asian-American women earn 88% of the weekly median income that white dudes earn, Black women earn 70%, and Hispanic women earn only 61%.

7.)  That 215 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 worldwide are involved in child labor. Most of which denies them education or forces them to combine it with long hours and extremely low wages.

8.) Sex workers who lack the right to safe working conditions and access to healthcare and disease prevention.

9.) To give props to the labor unions of this country and everything they’ve fought for and won, including: work weekends, eliminating child labor, employer-based health insurance, and maternity leave.

10.) Not to drink too much. You gotta take your ass to work tomorrow.

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