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What if you went to work today, and were asked to sit and work a machine that had not ever been inspected for safety, and was known to be dangerous. What if you had to sit there for 14 hours. What if you were paid $1.84 per hour to do it. What if you were paid .92¢ because you’re a woman. What if there is a 10-year-old boy sitting next to you, working the same machine for 14 hours a day, making a third of the pay.
As American people today, we cannot fathom a country where people are treated so poorly to boost profits. But there was a time when this was a reality. Men were paid about .10¢ per hour, usually taking home $8-$10 per week. Women were often paid half of that. Children worked alongside them, making even less. Work days were 12-16 hours in factories and textile mills and other labor jobs. Machines and equipment were unsafe, often injuring workers. Lunch breaks and breaks in general were not something you had a right to.
As we approach Labor Day (Monday, September 4th), it’s important to remember why we celebrate it. We all enjoy our day off, spending the last hurrah of summer with our friends and families as we picnic and play and relax before fall and winter begin to set in. And we can thank the men and women of early labor unions for that ability. Labor Day, and what it stands for, is the result of the formation of labor unions that fought for things like: fair pay, reasonable working hours, safe working conditions, equitable treatment, ending child labor, health benefits, and providing for workers who were ill or retiring. A country cannot run solely on lawyers, or business owners, or bankers, or teachers, or any other job. We need people across the spectrum. And we should be proud of the men and women that fought for American laborers.
That being said. All countries are not like the United States or other first world places that provide safety and benefits and access to work and welfare. In many places across the world there are men, women, and children that do not have access to work, or to the education required to build a skill set, or to things like healthcare.
Here at Threading Love, we aim to spread the fight for providing work, a skill set, fair pay, and equitable treatment to those that need it across the world. We want to bring the fight to be self sufficient, and the ability to provide to the people that so desperately need that chance. Products like our very own TL Flannels are made by artisans in Cambodia through Agape International Missions, to support this mission. Each flannel is handmade by a woman that has been rescued from sex trafficking. Every flannel purchased helps us to provide a stable, full-time position that pays 4 times the average wage of a factory worker in Cambodia. Not only does it provide a job but it also supplies healthcare, education, restoration and healing for the victims, as well as hope for a brighter future.
So when you go to your grill on Labor Day, and celebrate your well earned time with your loved ones, send up a prayer for those that do not yet have the opportunities that we have. And consider what you can do from where you are to help them fight for what the early men and women of the United States fought to provide for themselves and their descendants.
To end on a lighter note, here is a recipe we hope you will enjoy this Labor Day, as it does not require much labor to prepare!!
Blog post written by: Brynne Clawser, Mifflinburg
1 (10 inch) Angel Food Cake
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 quart fresh strawberries, quartered
1 (18 ounce) jar strawberry glaze
- Crumble the cake into a 9×13 inch dish.
- Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake.
- In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer. Chill until serving.