September 5, 2011, 12:13 pm
Laborious, according to the Oxford English dictionary, means
requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance: a laborious undertaking or characterized by or requiring extreme care and much attention to detail or characterized by or exhibiting excessive effort or
given to or diligent in work.
At this point, our relationship to labor must be laborious. Here we are on Labor Day, a day that the US Department of Labor says happens on
the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
And yet, as we know now, things have never been worse for labor. The actual number of unemployed Americans is about 25…