Labor Day, Round 136

First celebrated in the Beaver State

One hundred thirty six years ago

Labor Day recognizes what we owe

To workers who fought battles great

To give wages good and fair

To create hours not so long

To prevent treatment wrong

To scare bad bosses ev’rywhere.

Over a century later it may seem

Most victories that were won

Have become undone.

Our workplaces are no dream!

Labor and skill, replaced.

College degrees, diluted.

Workplace complaints, muted.

Fair wages, erased.

We must build upon

the labor titans of the past.

The status quo must not last.

Let us craft a new labor dawn.

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Patrick McCorkle

I am a young professional with keen interests in politics, history, foreign languages and the arts.