All in a day’s work

“Working for a living, living and working,

I’m taking what they’re giving ’cause I’m working for a living.” – Huey Lewis and the News

Today is Labor Day. It celebrates the contributions that working men and women have given to make our country a strong and prosperous one.

According the U.S. Department of Labor’s web site, the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882. The day became statewide holidays in 5 states, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado and Oregon five years later. In 1894, Congress passed an act declaring the first Monday in September a legal holiday throughout the country.

We work in the cool of the early morning, in the heat under a scorching sun and well into the dark of the night. The work we do can be back-breaking or high stress. We work to provide for our families as well as to buy the nicer things in life.  Our jobs can define us and give ourselves a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Here’s a gallery of photos that I’ve shot through the years of people who, like the rest of us, work for living.


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