Let’s buy products made in the USA this Labor Day weekend! What is Labor Day really about? For many of us Labor Day is just long weekend at the end of Summer. But Labor Day was originally founded as an American holiday to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. As each year passes we find the social and economic contributions of US workers dwindling in this country, but not for the lack of or willingness of Americans to do their best and work hard. At a time when our country is in an economic crisis, many large companies continue to ship US jobs overseas.
You probably know that I am not one to point fingers or stand on a soap box, but when Team USA is sporting Ralph Lauren uniforms that were made in China there is something seriously wrong. We all want to own the latest iPhone or iPad. But did you know they are made in China by workers who are kept inside the factory by suicide nets, because so many of them were jumping to their death due to poor working conditions?
Made in the USA
As we shop all those wonderful Labor Day sales this weekend, let’s be mindful of what Labor Day is truly about and show our support to American workers by purchasing products that are made in the USA. I realize it’s not realistic to always purchase products that are made in America, but I personally am making more of an effort and hope you will also.
Looking for the Made in the USA label while you’re shopping this weekend would be a great way to teach our kids about the Labor Day holiday. There are some helpful web sites like MadeintheUSA.org and AmericansWorking.com that offer directories of products made in the USA.
Happy Labor Day!