Labor and Prosperity: Going Hand-in-hand

By: Herry

Posted: September 4, 2020


Labor and Prosperity: Going Hand-in-hand

When September comes to mind, it’s Labor Day. It’s a long weekend with the ideas of picnics and barbecues and parades. For many Americans, it is the anticipation of the season.

But in a real general sense, it is the weekend of giving the remembrance of the American workers. It is giving them honor and celebrating their social and economic achievements.

Origins of the Labor Day:

American Labor day is celebrated on the very first Monday of every September of a year. It is the only American holiday that people celebrate with the full payment other than Christmas and Easter.

It is the day of honoring the efforts of the working-class in building the country.

However, other than that, it is the way of recalling the movement in gaining the decent wages and legal protection of workers.

American Labor Day traced back to the origins of the founding of this country. The movement got to hold in the late 19 century. From 1860 to 1900, a remarkable change had taken place. The industrial revolution came in, and people migrated from being farmers to factory workers. But their wages were so low that most of the workers had to send their children for work. There were at that time, no minimum wages, no labor laws, no leaves, working hours, pension, and no social security.

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But the time changed, and a new economic boom provided favorable conditions for the labor leaders. They demanded short hours and higher wages. In 1882, leaders of New York central labor held a picnic and decided a parade with carrying their working tools. The idea was proposed by Peter J. McGuire, secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

But recently, authorities suggest that it was Matthew McGuire, a machinist who was serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in 1882.

The event earned great success, although some of the workers lost their day’s wages. The parade gave the message that workers could turn the society up and down with their considerable power if they united to defend their interests.

So their efforts brought success, and then by 1894, twenty-three states made Labor Day as a legal holiday. After that, in the same year, as a national holiday, the first Monday, September.

A Salute to Those Creative Artists In The Packaging Industry:

The packaging has utilized the mind and creativity of the laborers and their hard work.

There is a set of patterns of employees that are contributing to the packaging industry. The chain goes like Consumer packaging, building or constructing boxes, transport the material, graphic designing of the packaging boxes, or so on.

All these creative workers have been extruding and drawing on machines, operates, forming, pressing, the first-line supervisor, managers of production, and operating workers. Other than that, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and hand team assemblers. And here is another packaging related workers, the recycler.

Their role in making the world eco-friendly is uncountable. Their role is something appreciative. If we cross the role of packaging with plastic, then it becomes clear the US Environmental Protection Agency “in 2013, the United States generated about 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging. And about 12 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods, like plates and cups.”

So in the packaging industry, you need plenty of workers to produce, test, and distribute it. The US average Packaging& Labeling Services in the packaging industry is 5.1 employees. There are 49,689 people have been employed in the Packaging & Labeling Services industry in the US alone as of 2020.
Well, the upcoming Labor Day in America will let them enjoy and have a picnic with a long weekend.

After all, this was the basic purpose or aim in mind of congress in 1894 when they passed the act of making the first Monday in September as a Labor day. As mentioned before, according to the US Department of Labor:

Labor Day in the first Monday of September is a creation of the labor movement and is solely for the social and economic success of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions of workers who have made the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Enjoy this special day with cold beverages in beautiful packaging from the hands of hand workers.

What Benefits Does The Packaging Industry Give To The Laborers?

With keeping in mind the laws and rights of laborers, the average Packaging Corporation of America’s salary is approximately $23,945 per year. It ranges from a Production Worker to $80,000 per year for Maintenance Person. The average Packaging Corporation of America’s hourly pay reaches from roughly about $10.50 per hour. This is for a Packaging Engineer to $27.40 per hour for Production Supervisor.

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Note: The above data is the third party analysis and are bound to change. The lowest wage may differ by jurisdiction or law. However, you can consult the employer for actual salary figures.

The purpose of the given data is to generalize the approximate analysis of how the packaging industry gives benefits to their employees and how they are enjoying their work. Its main focus is whether they are giving them the rights or not. Well, the purpose of the Labor Day should not be enjoying or celebrate with the parade. It means to look at their rights and benefits.

Celebrating Labor Day with a safety focus on COVID-19:

This is exactly- the day of labor. In the past, they celebrate Labor Day was full zeal and invigoration. But this year is something different. The year is full of with the pandemic. Getting packaging ready for the industry is the task of the workers. It needs a tremendous amount of human input. Every step has been made more complex by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the packaging industry has made it essential to wear masks and essential equipment.

At least, there is a difference of six feet between them that separates the workplace in the packinghouse. Workers have separate arrival, departure, and break timings. They all wear masks, and the company provides them protective equipment for their health.

The areas are sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizers and dispensers are kept throughout the industry.