For many, Labor Day means a day off from work and the end of summer. But why do we call it Labor Day? Celebrated as a national holiday in America since 1894, Labor Day was originally set aside as a day for labor unions to pay tribute to working men and women. With labor unions reaching an all time high in the 1950’s when about 40 percent of the work force belonged to unions, the day of celebration included large picnics, parades, top-notch speakers and was full of festivities. Today with a union workforce around 14%, Labor Day isn’t nearly the large-scale celebration it used to be and is usually made up of family picnics or perhaps one last trip to the beach before it gets cold.
When I think about Labor Day however, US craftsmanship is what comes to mind. Our vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
Today, the role of America in the face of a changing world is more prominent than ever. And the role of our skilled workers, whatever the profession, has never been more important. For decades laborers have designed laws to guarantee equality for all workers that has led to the most tremendous strides in technology that history has ever recorded. But throughout all the changes, throughout all the technological advances, one thing has remained constant: the immeasurable value of the American worker to the American way of life. The America of today is indebted to the American worker of yesterday.
Today domestic manufacturing is increasingly affected by the outsourcing of jobs to China, India and other countries. Elevated operating costs often force a higher price point for “Made in USA” products, so manufacturers differentiate themselves with superior quality and craftsmanship. At Metal Coat Tile & Signs, our products are no exception. With some 25 pairs of artisan hands crafting each MCTS piece, the detail, durability and lifetime guarantee speaks for itself. When you purchase a MCTS product, not only are you investing in an exceptionally designed and quality handmade piece, you are investing in the highly skilled American worker.
So before purchasing foreign-made tiles for your next installation, commit to informed shopping. Buying products that are “Made in America” may be the most impactful act of patriotism, just ahead of eating apple pie.