Labor Day Today for Millennials

Millennials are results-oriented as well and they sure would like to align themselves with winning or popular causes than lost ones.

Several millennials chose to spend their recent long weekends to celebrate Labor Day either in Boracay for Laboracay or in La Union for Laborunion. For many of them, it is the perfect getaway from the busy grind of work. While Labor Day recognizes the invaluable contribution of workers to societies, millennials chose to celebrate it by escaping the reality of everyday toil and finding pleasure on activities that do not remind them of work.

Labor Day has been traditionally celebrated in this country with rallies and protests staged by militant groups, calling for across-the-board wage increases and fair labor practices. While it continues to be supported silently by a vast majority of employees and workers throughout the country, a lot of millennials have become less vocal about the issue, in spite of their open minded and opinionated nature.

Has Labor Day lost its relevance for millennials? I don't think so. In silence, they share the belief that there should be just and fair wages for everyone. In silence, they share the view that employees should be treated humanely. Most importantly, they are employees too that seek a better quality of life for themselves and their families.

However, unlike members of militant groups, millennials would rather be pragmatic about the issue. By being vocal about the issue, they risk losing the job that allows them to go on vacations. Besides, to them, years of struggle on the streets that have been staged by these labor militant groups seem to have gone for naught in as far as labor reform is concerned. At the same time, millennials would rather resign from work environments where they feel abused rather than go through the tedious process of filing labor cases. They would rather leave than go through due process where the results are unsure. Millennials are results-oriented as well and they sure would like to align themselves with winning or popular causes than lost ones.

These realities raise the need to reinvent the wheel in as far as pursuing labor reform in this country, especially in persuading the millennial generation to join the crusade.

The challenge is to find an attraction to the cause of labor reform that is more enticing and adventurous than what Laboracay and Laborunion have to offer.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TheLOBBYiST.
About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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