In honor of Labor Day, established 121 years ago by President Grover Cleveland, we look to our leader Ramona Mathany and two of our office branch managers to talk about what Labor Day means to them as All Star Labor and Staffing has been in the business of connecting workers with employers since 2009.
Adam Stephens, Branch Manager – Albany, OR
“Labor Day to me is a day to celebrate the hard working people in America. The dedication and work ethic of our employees is what keeps me going from day-to-day. The hard work of our employees is without a doubt the single most important aspect to the success of All Star Labor & Staffing and for this fact alone our employees deserve to be celebrated. Thank you for being part of our team!”
Scott Reynolds, Branch Manager – Bend, OR
“As a parent, Labor Day represents the unofficial last day of summer and the beginning of the new school year. I often find myself saying where did the summer go?? As an employer, I reflect on the many work opportunities that we have given to hundreds of employees over the year. On a personal note when Labor Day comes around each year it reminds me of my Wedding Anniversary (this will be 34 years). As we approach the Labor Day Holiday our team interacts with the employees as they are getting ready for the long weekend. It is fascinating how many different ways the holiday is celebrated. They are going camping and barbecuing. For many it is the start of fall sports watching and high school and college football. Here in the high desert it means the start of cool nights and warm days.
“Growing up, my Dad had a special meaning for Labor Day. He approached it as a day of Labor. We cleaned, painted pulled weeds and built fences. True labor work. When asked our dad why we had to work on what other kids would use as a vacation day, he would say, “tomorrow you start school and I want to make sure that you know an education is very important if you don’t want to work this hard the rest of your life.” It taught me that I wanted to get an education but it also taught me a sense of satisfaction of a job well done.”
Ramona Mathany, Owner
“Labor Day has a whole new meaning for me this year. This year as I spend time with my own family, relaxing and enjoying the life we have built through hard work, I get to take an enormous sense of pride with me that All Star Labor and Staffing currently has approximately 700 people working for our amazing clients. From day one, this business has been about providing jobs to people who truly value and appreciate a hard day’s work. I have seen the most amazing transformations in our biggest asset – people. From all walks of life, we encourage people to come to us and tell us who they are and what they are looking for. We want people to have the dignity that a job can give, the self-confidence and we have watched some of these amazing people rise through the ranks where we have placed them.”
“So, on Labor Day I will be thinking of them, all of our All Stars, the ones who work in our offices and the ones who work all over Oregon and Northern California. Cheers to you and your accomplishments! Happy Labor Day!”
History of Labor Day:
Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated in the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. The average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to barley make a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient sanitary facilities, access to clean air, and breaks.
Labor Day is still celebrated across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public celebrations. Our All Star team will be taking the day off as well to celebrate in our own individual ways. We wish you a warm and safe weekend!