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August 2011

Labor Day

As another summer comes to an end, here's an excerpt from the History Channel's description of the origins of the Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history's most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living.

Child laborers, Macon, Georgia, 1909Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts' wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed.

Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. The idea of a "workingmen's holiday," celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it.

Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers' rights squarely into the public's view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went onLabor Day New York 1882 strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.

In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Video from the History Channel on Labor Day and related topics.

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If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.   Doug Larson

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.   Lord Falkland

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.   Hubert H. Humphrey

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.   Alice Thomas Ellis

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.   Bertrand Russell

The Economy
The Economic OutlookSecond quarter economic growth was revised downward from just 1.3% to 1%.  Just to stay even with population growth, the economy must grow by about  2%.  Anything less than that is not actually growth. These numbers point to a slide back toward recession especially with continued and accelerating reductions in government spending.  Overall expectations are for slow growth and very little improvement in the employment rate until demand increases. 

Consumer confidence hit its lowest level since August of 2008.  Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, recently spelled out the Federal Reserve's policy direct for the near future.  He essentially said that the Fed would do nothing to help reduce unemployment and spur economic growth.  Barring unforeseen good news, it looks like the economy could take several years before it begins to recover from the economic collapse of 2008.

We are seeing service industry materials price increases over the next few months in the single digits despite reductions in some commodity prices.

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Nexstar Super Meeting

Nexstar is looking forward to seeing you at these upcoming tradeshows:

PHCC National Trade Show
September 21 - 24, 2011
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Super Meeting
October 13-15, 2011
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Call Lisa Schardt or Bryan Martin at 888.240.STAR to find out more!

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QSC Power Meetings

September 22-24, 2011
(Joint meeting with PHCC 129th Annual National Convention)
Power Meeting XXXV - The Hilton Minneapolis Hotel - Minneapolis, MN

March 22-24, 2012
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