Labor Day is not just celebrated in the U.S. but has become a movement in many parts of the world. In addition to recognizing workers themselves, Labor Day tips its hat to all that the labor movement has achieved. These accomplishments include the five-day work week, eight-hour days, paid leave, workers’ compensation and more.
In today’s changing world, some industries find themselves suddenly shrinking due to low demand. This can be seen in the way the diminished demand for coal has affected West Virginia. The changing marketplace can greatly affect workers and their families. In a perfect world, however, laborers should be protected from the ebb and flow of the marketplace and receive assistance so that they can still make a good living regardless of circumstances.
One way to protect the workforce is to have continuing education for those who are still working or re-skill training for those who were laid off. This will allow employees the chance to find work in new fields.
The world will always need workers, but the specific job needs will change with time. For example, 10 years ago, the job of social media marketer did not even exist. Unemployed people may be willing to enter new sectors but may not have the skills to do so. Many people expend their energy trying to keep old jobs in place, but it is just as important, if not more so, to train labor to be adaptable and take on new jobs.
We look forward to further representing the men and women who comprise Georgia’s labor market. We salute the accomplishments of the American workforce.