December 8th, 2022, is National Blue Collar Day, and LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth, is proudly looking forward to celebrating the hard working men and women who show up every day to make the blue-collar staffing industry a crucial part of our nation’s economy.
“Celebrating National Blue Collar Day is a great opportunity to remind everyone on our team, and all the hard workers we interact with, that the work we do matters to the broader community, and that we’re appreciated and recognized for the challenging projects we take on,” said Scott Boddy, LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth General Manager.
National Blue Collar Day was established in 2019 by Todd Sohn to raise awareness of the working class’ central place in society, celebrate the history of labor movements that led to improving conditions for blue-collar workers, and to offer companies participating in the celebration ways to introduce the concepts and facts associated with the honorary date into their workplaces.
National Today, an organization tracking holidays and other commemorative dates briefly list the history leading up to the establishment of National Blue Collar Day. After the National Labor Union was established in 1866 in Baltimore, Maryland with the goal of creating a nationwide workforce group, successive efforts led to the nation’s first Labor Day on September 5th, 1882, as part of the continuation of the movement to protect, improve, and promote working class jobs. This was followed by the first use of the term “Blue-Collar” in 1924 as a way of distinguishing the factory workers from the office workers by the collar of their uniform, and then the establishment of the first National Blue Collar Day in 2019.
“As a business dedicated to the skilled trades, celebrating the history of working-class jobs is a hugely important part of our team’s mentality,” Scott said, “We’re really looking forward to December 8th as a time to reflect on the fact that these jobs are not easy, and they contribute so much in so many ways to our society, and to remind our employee’s that they are appreciated.”
National Today recommends several possibilities for businesses celebrating the holiday to weave activities into the workday that highlight the role of the working class in American working life. Some suggestions include:
- Touring a local industrial plant
- Reading up on blue collar professions and their history in the library or online
- Watching a classic movie depicting blue collar workers.
The organization also lists five reasons it’s important to celebrate the working class and the sacrifices of the men and women in blue collar jobs, without whom much of daily life would become impossible:
- Blue-collar workers make up 80% of all Americans, and their numbers are growing
- It’s important to raise awareness of nuances within the terms blue-collar and working class, such as the four subgroups of unskilled laborers, artisans, factory workers, and home-based workers, and to educate people on these distinctions.
- Blue-collar jobs are tough
- Blue-collar jobs can be susceptible to automation, potentially causing problems for workers
“National Today does a great job of distilling what’s so important and special about the skilled trades,” Scott said, “And while we set aside one day of the year officially to honor and respect these jobs, we try to live and work every day with an awareness of the responsibility we have on our shoulders as a blue-collar staffing agency to uphold a proud and long-lasting tradition of hard work, respect, and dignity.”
National Today ends their page with three final highlights of “Why we love National Blue Collar Day.”
- Blue collar workers are the often-unsung backbone of our country
- They know how to get their hands dirty and keep our lives running smoothly, especially the carpenters, plumbers, and mechanics that maintain our daily lives.
- They show up every day to get the job done and never quit.
We salute them, writes National Today.
“We salute them: that certainly sums up the feelings of the team at LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth,” Scott said.
LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth regularly fills positions for carpenters, electricians, millwrights, and welders and has a geographic reach of Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding counties, Tyler, Abilene, West Texas, and Western Oklahoma, with a focus on commercial construction, industrial, and petroleum industries.
Reach Scott and his team at 469-384-2417.