Around the nation, as we approach this Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5) columnists will point to stagnating wages for the average worker, as this Roanoke writer did in 2006: There's not much to celebrate on Labor Day – Roanoke.com http://bit.ly/qYKl3K
Ideas for prompts for your site, Facebook page and Twitter feed that will spur reader engagement (short url's included to make sharing easier):
*Ask for nominees for the oldest worker. Five years ago, a nonprofit identified what it said was the oldest worker in each state, including Louise Carpenter, 91, in Pennsylvania – Philly.com http://bit.ly/pdPzcz
*Ask what bosses are doing for the day — or what they should do for workers. Ernst & Young, with 140,000 employees around the globe, is giving its US workers an extra day off as a Labor Day celebration (in addition to the usual three-day break). The company announced this with a tweet: http://bit.ly/mQd7ZT
*Are gas prices leading families to alter plans for a road trip? Gas prices are up over a year ago but down about 3% in the last month: Daily Fuel Gauge Report–national, state and local average prices from the AAA http://bit.ly/mXfFZj
*History: do readers know what worker conditions were like 120 years ago, when the holiday started?Federal Department of Labor has this history of the holiday: The History of Labor Day http://1.usa.gov/qLMohg
Ask workers if they or their families are better off, the same, or worse than they were five years ago.Is there a family in your area with three generations of union members? Four generations? Five?
*Politics of Labor Day range from national (Obama To Attend Labor Day Festivities In Detroit http://cbsloc.al/oFD5Qa) to very local. In Wasau, WI, the fight is over a move by parade organizers to bar Republican office holders from marching in the town's parade. The mayor threatened to withhold city funds and now Republicans are invited, too | Wausau Daily Herald | http://bit.ly/pivh9K
Is there a parade in your area: ask readers if they plan to march or attend the parade? Do they have a favorite part of the celebration?
What works for you? How have you sparked a conversation with readers about Labor Day?