September 2, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Just a quick reminder:

Monday, September 5, 2011 is Labor Day, a holiday under the IAPE-Dow Jones contract. If you have to work you receive time and a half for your regular schedule, double-time for anything beyond your regular schedule AND another day off or another day's straight pay.

From The Newspaper Guild and written by Will Durst — Poor Labor Day. Gets no respect. It's the Rodney Dangerfield of celebrations. The runt of the holiday litter. Just hearing the name conjures up depressing images of a last plastic souvenir sports bottle of lemonade poured on the dying charcoal briquettes of summer. It's the end of the bright light and the beginning of the darkness. Vacation is over and the fun has expired.

White shoes are put back in the closet and storm windows taken out. Watermelons are replaced on the floor next to produce bins by pumpkins. Swimming pools get drained and ice cream trucks convoy back into their hibernatory garages. All the red, white and blue motifs give way to orange and black. The solstice is dead. Long live the autumnal equinox.