As Labor Day approaches: saluting local workers

There's Linda Midcap cutting hair and Jonathan Duffill cutting trees; Tim Clark patrolling borough streets and Barbara Meek patrolling hospital halls; Bob Marshall pouring coffee and David Albright pouring concrete.

Behold the American worker -- ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Monday -- Labor Day 2012 -- is a time to pay tribute to the contributions such workers make to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

And, in the spirit of Yankee ingenuity -- and perhaps as a last grasp at summer's unofficial end -- we take a day off to do it!

Nearly 130 years after the first Labor Day observance -- Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, thanks to that city's Central Labor Union -- the esprit de corps among workers in the Pittsburgh region will be on display Monday. The day celebrates those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." The quote is from 1880s labor leader Peter McGuire, who is credited by some with first suggesting a formal Labor Day.

Here's a sample of our pictorial salute to those who labor here. And here's an opportunity to sit back for a moment to take a look at those who work.

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First Published August 30, 2012 10:00 AM


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