From tourists here at the nation's Capitol, to sightseers at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, members of the nation's workforce enjoyed the day off either by shrugging aside their routine exploitation or pretending it does not exist.
|San Francisco tourists pause to reflect on Labor Day, a day free from workforce exploitation. Photo: Jim Nix/TYDN|
A woman admiring the Supreme Court building here, who works as an office manager at a law firm, said she was "happy" with her job and hoped one day that her employer's tax breaks would trickle down.
"I'm pretty happy that through my hard labor, my boss earns $25 annually off of my labor for every $1 it pays me a year," said the woman, who declined to give her name out of fear of retribution during an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "I've heard that some of my coworkers every day think that they might get fired. But I only worry about that a couple of times a week. I feel pretty lucky about that."
Still, millions of workers across America didn't have the day off Monday, according to an investigation by TheYellowDailyNews. Dozens of those workers, interviewed exclusively by TheYellowDailyNews, said they've become accustomed to being exploited by their employers even on Labor Day.
Henriette González, a cook at McDonald's in Phoenix, Arizona, said during an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews that her exploitation doesn't stop at McDonald's.
"After my shift," González said, "I work a second job washing dishes at the local pizzeria so I can afford McDonald's hamburgers for my kids."
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