Labor Day is usually thought of as a time of rest, vacation, parties, and beaches. However, COVID has changed some of those plans, or at least should change those plans. Because of the pandemic, millions are out of work, creating a sense of insecurity for families and causing an economic collapse. Perhaps on this Labor Day, we may rethink how to celebrate this holiday. Here are just 5 Ways to Rethink Labor Day:
- Wear a mask and social distance.
There is still a pandemic occurring and this is no time to ease up on safety. The last spike in cases happened directly after Memorial Day when people slacked off on safety measures during the holiday. Labor Day is no exception to this. Many scientist believe that another spike will occur after the holiday weekend. So, wear your mask and social distance!
- Learn about your local unions.
Labor unions are organizations that fight for worker’s rights. We can thank labor unions for child labor laws, weekends, this holiday, and a minimum wage. Find out how you can support your local unions and help workers locate a union.
- Support local businesses
Local businesses are suffering because of the pandemic. On Labor Day, commit to supporting local restaurants, shops, and especially Black owned businesses in your community. Every purchase counts.
- Call and write your congressional representatives.
Millions are unemployed and the government is at a stalemate when it comes to providing resources to those who have lost their jobs. Find out who your representatives are and call them or write them to express the need to pass legislation such as the Heroes Act.
Again, so many people are out of work and need help. Team up with local non-profits that aide in food security, housing, and other necessities.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11: 28) Many are weary and carrying burdens of unemployment, of sickness, of anxiety, of loneliness, and of worry. This Labor Day is meant for rest and yet, so many of our siblings are struggling. May we rethink how to celebrate this day especially in times such as these.