From the Desk of

Michael Blichasz

Host of the Saturday Variety Program at 11 A.M.
1540 AM Radio WNWR • Philadelphia, PA

Commentary from Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day, A Salute to American Workers!

The Labor Day holiday, created over 125 years ago by the labor movement, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City in 1882. Two years later, the United States Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday and urged all Americans to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers. Since 1884, labor unions and American businesses, big and small, have honored American workers for the strength, prosperity and well-being they provide to America.

As we observe Labor Day, I urge you to support businesses of every size so they can maintain and expand their industrial and service centers here in the U.S.A. and permit more American workers to have the opportunity to support themselves and their families. We are in an era when so many of our long term employment opportunities have been outsourced across the globe. This widespread outsourcing of jobs has diminished many American manufacturing industries and left qualified and willing workers unemployed. This imbalance will only change when more consumers go out of their way to seek out and purchase American made products first.

During the Labor Day observance, be mindful of the needs of American workers and America’s economy. I encourage you to seek out products made in the U.S.A., from your every day purchases to the occasional big ticket items. Be sure to make it known to the sales staff and cashiers where you shop that you’re supporting American workers and the stores that offer the products they produce.

From the responses I receive, your voices are beginning to be heard by business owners who see for themselves that Americans are going out of their way to support products made in the United States of America. Remember, every time you spend your money on an American made product, you are helping American workers keep their jobs and realize a small bit of the American dream.

This is Michael Blichasz, and as always, I appreciate hearing from you. I welcome your comments and suggestions and ask that you spread the word to your family and friends. You can email me from my Internet site at: or log on to:

Special Notice
To help you spread the word, there is a Support American Workers promo on my Internet page. Print it out for yourself and email it to a friend to encourage others to support the campaign.