Today is Labor Day and we celebrate the American worker. If you’re going to a family bar-b-q or gathering where there will be back in the day conversation, you will hear “The American worker has gone down hill” things aren’t the way they used to be and their right.

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With all due respect to our parents and grandparents who built this country, my father worked 2 and sometimes three jobs, to support his wife and kids. We are working just as hard today if not harder than they did then. Let me explain.

Back in the day, it took one job to raise a family. Dad worked 40 hours a week and Mom stayed home and raised the kids. Some Dads “moonlighted” with a second job. When the day was done, Dad came home and didn’t go back to work until the next morning, of when the weekend or holiday was over.

Today, Dad works one job, probably has another, Mom is also working, when they’re home, they’re checking e-mail and smart phone doing work related things. Back in the day, you would never call your boss or employee during non-working hours unless it was an emergency or some sense of urgency, today you wouldn’t think twice about sending them an e-mail. You’re on the clock 24/7 whether you’re at work or not.

Again, I give all due respect to the greatest generation who’s hard work and sacrifice made it possible for us to have what we have today. But don’t discount the hard working Americans of today who are working just as hard if not harder, only in a different way.

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