The first Monday in September is dedicated to celebrating the American worker. Labor Day supports the goals of our Founding Fathers—to live in prosperity and economic accomplishment.
Labor Day began as a way to bring union workers together in New York City. The first celebration included a parade and picnic in 1882, and what was originally a networking event became a national holiday by 1894.
The vigor and strength of laborers from the late 19th century provided many industrial and economic opportunities for the US. We still honor the holiday with events like family gatherings, BBQs, quality downtime, and maybe even an end-of-summer trip.
Ironically, some of our hardest-working Americans are still required to continue their duties on Labor Day. For the men and women who work diligently to keep us safe, powered, and connected, there is no such thing as a holiday. So, who exactly has to work on Labor Day?
6 American Workers Who Clock In On Labor Day
1. Utility Lineworkers
When a storm comes through their community, they are called in to the job. Utility lineworkers are dedicated to keeping the electricity on all over the country, no matter the holiday.
2. Telecom and Broadband Installation Crews
During the Christmas holidays in 2017, 57% of Americans planned to work. When connection services fail, it’s an inconvenience to say the least—for both the worker and employer. Telco and broadband companies often have equipment installation and repair crews on call every day of the week.
3. Hospital Staff
4. Our Military
5. Security and IT Staff
6. Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
Labor Day isn't always a holiday for the people that keep our communities safe, our utilities powered, and our communication devices connected. Although we have highlighted a few essential positions for our country’s success, many other workers will be clocking in. Policemen, firefighters, and hospitality and service industry employees likely won’t get a day off either.
As many Americans prepare to take the day off next Monday, let’s remember the hard-working Americans that diligently serve our country and better our communities.