Laura Petersen

The Backwards Holiday

In case you are not sure of the title… it’s Labor Day. The Backwards Holiday. Every year when it rolls around, I wonder why it is named Labor Day. Since it’s a Holiday intended to be just that, a Holiday – I would think a better name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep-in Day, maybe even Do-Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day. After all, we know what Labor means. And many will likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring.

Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.

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History of Labor Day

In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.

These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a shorter eight-hour workday. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the workweek to just six days.

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These early organizers clearly won since the most recent data show that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most people work only five days a week.

Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were in favor of giving workers more time off. That is because workers who had no free time were not able to spend their wages on traveling, entertainment, or dining out.

As the U.S. economy expanded beyond farming and basic manufacturing in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became important for businesses to find consumers interested in buying the products and services being produced in ever greater amounts. Shortening the workweek was one way of turning the working class into the consuming class.

A Real Estate That Gives Back

So, to celebrate the month of September and the affection for Laboring, I have a special announcement to make I will be Laboring, but for a very special reason.

My team and I are addicted to helping you and those you know buy or sell the place they call home. In fact, it is a race to help as many as possible so we can GIVE more away.

A CORE philosophy at our company is ‘the size of the hole you give thru is directly proportionate to the size of the hole you receive thru’. Therefore, our Mission is to Go Serve Big!!! Serve you, serve those you refer to us, and of course, serve a very worthy cause the great work being done at Children’s Hospital.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida

Through our Go Serve Big mission, we are on a mission to raise $10,000 for RMHCCF by donating a portion of our income from home sales to them. As you know RMHCCF does a tremendous job of helping Families whose kids are fighting nasty life-threatening diseases like Cancers, Leukemia, and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and a myriad of other diseases: that many times rob the life out of young people. As one of the areas leading non-profit, they depend on sponsorships and donations to continue in their helping and caring for families whose kids are suffering: by providing room and board at no cost to the families.

So When you hear me say “YOUR REFERRALS HELP THE KIDS…” they really do!

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Anyone you know considering buying or selling a home please refer them on over to my real estate sales team. Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but a very worthy cause will benefit as well. Simply call me direct at 407-566-2555. As you will see throughout this month’s homeward bound, pictures are worth more than words. Whether it’s the smiling faces of beautiful young people gaining a chance at a long life or the determined faces of our great company people working to help, we are committed to the mission of Go Serve Big!!!