WLOX Editorial: If you are off, don't labor on Labor Day

Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 at 4:05 PM CDT
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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Labor Day was founded in the 1800s. Unions pushed to reduce work hours which often were 60 to 80 hours per week. They wanted fewer hours, more time off, and a holiday recognizing working men and women.

They got the holiday and for most, the scheduled workweek went to 40 hours.

Today, Labor Day for most is the official end of summer, a day off for BBQ's and picnics or shopping. But there are still too many, who may be missing the original intent of Labor Day.

To those of you who work all the time, who never shut down your computers, and cell phones; here's our suggestion. Really disconnect and if you have the day off, don't labor on Labor Day.

For those who are scheduled to work, we have the same suggestion, find a day to celebrate not working at least one day a year. You may just find you are rested and more productive the next day back at work.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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