Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
I would like to take this time to honor the achievements of our Brothers in the workforce this Labor Day. Labor Day is not one of the traditionally festive holidays celebrated in the United States. However, it is one of the most anticipated because it means having a long holiday weekend of barbecue and pool parties with family and friends.
Though Labor Day was officially declared a national holiday on June 28, 1894, celebrations of the holiday began more than a decade before. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal and the communities we love. It’s a day to reflect on the values we hold dear that every Brother should have access to a good job that can support a family, with access to affordable healthcare; that every child should be able to attend a high-quality public school in their neighborhood; that college should not be a luxury for the few but should be affordable for all; and that we should be able to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work, without worrying that we’ll be a burden to our loved ones.
We, the working people built this country. We did it together, brick by brick, school by school, town by town. Through these collective efforts, we built the middle class, each generation did a little better than the one before, we advanced the ideals of equality and justice, and we expanded opportunity for all. Dr. King stated that, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.
The work you do builds on this foundation. Your work has value. It should be respected and honored, not just on Labor Day but every day. Each Brother contributes to the collective success of our organization. Although it may seem strange to celebrate the value of labor by taking time off from work, these leisurely pursuits have long been regarded as fitting for a holiday meant to honor the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Thank you, Third District, for your work, your dedication and your commitment to the community and people you serve.
Brother Kevin Brown
DR’s Labor Day Message 2018