Sadly, summer is slowly sinking into the sunset. But as we head towards our next seasonal shift, we still have one more extended holiday weekend to give summer a proper send-off.
September 3 is Labor Day, a time-honored holiday for nearly 120 years. Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the enormous contributions and innovations that American workers have made to our modern industrialized society.
Labor Day was proclaimed a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. In May of that same year, 4,000 employees at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois staged a strike over reduced wages. Railway transport west of Chicago was effectively shut down. Within six weeks, the strike involved 250,000 railroad workers in 27 states. Six days after the strike ended, President Cleveland proclaimed Labor Day a national holiday to help heal the rift between organized labor and industry.
The U.S. labor movement grew by leaps and bound in the early years of the 20th century. But since the mid-1950s, union membership has slowly declined. This decline has prompted renewed efforts to recruit younger workers. And the key to these new recruitment initiatives has been labor’s time-honored expertise in organization and communication.
The bedrock of the modern labor movement has been its ability to organize and communicate to a mass audience. The AFL-CIO, the largest labor union in the U.S., uses interactive whiteboards for iMeetings, to more effectively communicate with their membership or for recruiting new members online. Web meetings save time, money and travel expenses too.
Unions also use dry-erase boards in workshops to map out labor strategies and for explaining updates in union benefits. And when speaking to a packed union hall, whiteboards are a common communication tool to present data and information more effectively.
President John F. Kennedy once said: “The American labor movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.” Celebrate and enjoy the day. You’ve earned it.
Quartet also believes in new ways to organize and communicate better. We have a great selection of dry-erase boards, bulletin boards and interactive whiteboards, including the ideaShare2, to help your business or organization collaborate better.
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