What Do You Consider the Most Important Contribution to the American Workforce?

Labor Day is about more than the end of summer or a day off. It's a day that pays tribute to working men and women. As we recognize Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1, what would you say has been the most influential contribution to the American workforce? Is it a 40-hour standard workweek, Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Opportunity laws, or paid time off? Cast your vote in the poll below and leave a comment to share your thoughts.

What Do You Consider the Most Important Contribution to the American Workforce?

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Cyndi September 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

The American Work Ethic is (was) the most important contribution to the American Work Effort. Sadly, this seems to be disappearing. Within the last 20 years or so there has been a noticeable shift from hard working men/women that did their job with pride and integrity to people doing the bare miniumum to get paid.

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chris September 1, 2014 at 2:11 am

I believe the formation of unions to safeguard worker' safety and rights was a very important development in the American workforce. For example, safeguarding bridge builders from falling to their death by having nets put under them while they work was brought about because of unions fighting for the safety and well-being of their workers. Another good exampe of a union was for the protection of the migrant farm workers accomplished by the creation of a union; and there are many more examples of how unions safegurad labor/the working person from abuses by management. Unions have fought a long and difficult fight for their workers over the years to gain decent wages and working conditions and it is unfortunate that a certain political party is trying with all their might to erode the progress that has been made. It is so sad to hear about coal miners in other countries being trapped in mines because of unsafe working conditions and losing their lives which is accepted a given for working in that job as a miner, but in the United States miners have a voice through a union to fight for safeguards for them so their lives are not endangered every time they enter a mine. Yes it is true some unions have become corrupt and have faults, but that does not mean you should condemn all unions for those that have abused their power. The basic premise or reason for unions being created in the first place is sound and was and is still necessary today to safegurard workers from management who would abuse and take advantage of their workforce, in some instances, and who do not care about their workers or their safety or whether they have a decent living wage....

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Cathie Felter August 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

How about Unions??

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Cindy Huesman August 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

I consider the most important contribution to the American Workforce is/was our parents' day-by-day example of the value of work in our society and the value of serving others for a greater good than just themselves. Service to God and to man gives meaning and purpose to a well-lived life.

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Catherine August 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

Voluntary provision of healthcare benefits by employers had and continues to have a huge positive impact on both the workers and their families.

If only the bulk of American citizens still believed in high education and working hard for everything they get. It isn't the 1950s anymore where people can roll out of high school or obtain a useless university degree and get a decent job. This attitude is the single biggest detractor to the American workforce.

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Jessica August 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

The US continues behind the rest of the western world in labor rights. We are one of only 4 countries worldwide that doesn't provide paid parental leave. Women continue to get 77 cents for every dollar a man makes on average. The unemployment rate among African Americans is consistently twice that of whites. Employers refuse to pay their workers a fair wage while expecting taxpayers to subsidize their employees' incomes through government assistance programs. I hope we will all take the extra time this long weekend to write to our local, state, or national representatives about the issues that concern us.

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