Across America Labor Day means. . .
. . .for most a holiday for working people, including students.
. . .for some a time to celebrate the American Labor Movement.
. . .for others a time to reflect on the challenges facing laboring people in this nation.
In my neighborhood, on this Labor Day, work . . .
. . .means needing more than one job to make the household even marginally functional and secure.
. . .is a very valuable resource that is in short supply--when work disappears, neighborhoods suffer and decline.
. . .means lots of people need more training, more education to move up and to do better.
. . .is something many people are looking for without much success in terms of livable wage opportunities.
. . .is a job a guy I met last week hopes to land this week.
. . .is a job a woman with two children wishes she could get out of, but can't until she gets a line on a better one.
. . .is something just about everyone really wants to do.
. . .is something lots of people, in spite of their best efforts, just can't seem to find.
. . .is a reality that many find most discouraging.
. . .is what every family needs for parents and other adults to secure.
. . .is the means by which people stay off the streets of Dallas.
. . .is what prison took away.
. . .is all about dignity, self-respect and making a contribution.
. . .is a tough issue.