Working on Labor Day

By: Michael Wooten
By: Michael Wooten

Although picnics, parades and pyrotechnics are part of Labor Day, the holiday is all about honoring working men and women. For many, it means a day off for rest and relaxation, but for many others, it's another day on the job.

It's the unofficial end of summer: Labor Day celebrations, like the one in Catlettsburg.

For more than two decades, Assistant Police Chief Dean Akers hasn't missed a moment. But while others enjoyed the food, the fun, and the day off, Akers and his officers were on the job!

“I’d try to maybe go somewhere else on Labor Day, but I'd feel guilty because we’ve worked it so long,” said Akers. “This is where we really give a tribute to the people that actually get out and labor. It's just a day and you need a rest every now and then."

He’s honoring a workforce that's stretched thin.

More than 60 percent of Americans say their responsibilities at work are increasing. Thirty-two percent spend more time at work than enjoying the holiday that is set aside to honor them.

In fact, a recent survey found one in three American workers will spend most Labor Day holiday weekends working. That includes many people at WSAZ working the Jerry Lewis telethon. But their work is more a labor of love.

“Today, not only are we working, but we're working to help kids,” said Jennifer. “We're working to raise money for a wheelchair, and send kids to camp. It's a great honor to work today, because knowing that I'm working is helping somebody go to camp next year."

For Jennifer Neace and Assistant Chief Akers, it's a small price to pay to help others.

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