Happy Labor Day! To those who have the day off, enjoy! Of course, normally I work Mondays and I do have the day off, but only in a roundabout way. Let me explain.
As the third and part-time pharmacist in the store in which I normally work, I don't have to work the holidays. They get split between the two full-time pharmacists. However, because they can only work so many hours per week, even including the holiday, I have to take over one of their shifts to pay it back. Essentially, I still work the holiday by giving up another, regularly unscheduled day (known as my day off). I could work the actual holiday, and have even offered that, but no, it isn't allowed. All of which means that everyone's schedules are messed up. To top it off, after all the switching around of schedules, they would like me (and others) to work another or longer shifts because of the work load caused by the holiday itself. Of course, I still have to work so many holidays, too, so I get sent to other stores to work my (required) holidays which include not only the typical holidays, but also Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Now I know why it is called Labor Day. Instead of a rest for the working man, for that is why Labor Day was allegedly started, it is a way to labor longer and harder.
Seriously, on the other hand, the idea of Labor Day really has brought about some wonderful changes in the working conditions of many. Labor unions have helped many a laborer, and for that, we should all be grateful. And grateful that we have jobs because we know that many people have been, unfortunately, laid off in this recession. To those looking for positions of work, I wish you the best of luck in being able to get another job in which to labor.
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association