2001-09-08 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Each year we look forward to a wonderful Labor Day barbecue at the West End Temple.  It's a great family event with traditional American favorites - hot dogs, barbecued chicken and corn on the cob.  In addition, they always have great dancing music.

The host and hostess of the entire evening are Florence and Edward Spierer.  Florence and Ed have such warm and cheerful personalities.  As they greet everyone, they make you feel at home and glad to be with them. Everyone knows that having a party with two hundred invited guests requires detailed planning and endless hours of preparation.

Florence and Ed do a commendable job. The reason the Labor Day barbecue is so successful is that Florence and Ed are an exceptional host and hostess. Thanks to them for running another memorable event. I am already looking forward to next year's barbecue.

Hal Kramberg was an excellent master of ceremonies.  He cheerfully added to the festivities by highlighting the evening's happenings. Hal and Lynn Kramberg always extend their cheerful greetings and add significantly to the success of the barbecue.

We always enjoy sitting with Sylvan and Rose Klein and Ann Levine. It was definitely a family event at our table because we were also joined by my husband Eugene Pasternak, my mother Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey and John Dolan.

Labor Day is the time to reflect on the great men and women in our American workforce. Labor Day gives us an opportunity to say thank you to
them for their contribution to our country.

President George Bush took time out on Labor Day to speak to a group of unionized carpenters in Wisconsin. President Bush noted that our country is strong because we have a nation that is compassionate and a work force that is willing to work hard.  Bush said that on Labor Day we need to remember our values.  He praised the strong working families of our country.  

President Bush stated that many of his policies support American workingmen and women. He spoke about his tax rebate, energy policy and education plan. George Bush ended his remarks by stating, "May God bless the American working men and women". Later in the day he was going to another Labor Day Barbecue in Detroit.

Americans today are putting in longer hours on the job.  Americans are working one week more a year than workers are in other nations. One of the major differences is that the average American only takes two to three weeks for vacation while Europeans generally take four to six week vacations.

Juliet Schor in her book entitled the "Overworked American" points out that American workers are "squeezed increasingly during both booms and busts". She finds that during times of economic expansion workers are asked to work more hours and during times of downsizing fewer people are asked to pick up the workload of their laid off colleagues.

The Times noted that the International Labor Organization found that the United States was first in the world in productivity per person in the work force.

On Labor Day we take time out to thank the hard working American men and women who make our country strong.


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