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Lunch break. Lego workers via

Labor Day 2016: Six essential reads

Whether you're spending the holiday shopping for bargains, barbecuing with friends or striking for better pay, here are a few Labor Day highlights from our labor experts.
A four-day workweek won’t guarantee you more days like this.

Why a four-day workweek is not good for your health

The idea of a four-day workweek sounds great, and many companies have tested or even implemented it, citing happier, healthier workers. But here's why it may not be healthy.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to. Striking workers via

It’s time we reinvented labor for the 21st century

The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it. Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882

Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders' gains are slowly lost.

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