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Workers Unite & Enjoy That Day Off: The Backstory on Labor Day

And now for something completely different…

If you’ve been working hard the whole year, it’s time to enjoy a break on Monday!

Here are some facts you may not know about Labor Day, courtesy of the Department of Labor:

  • The first recognition for Labor Day by the government was passed in 1885 and 1886.
  • The first state bill was introduced to New York whereas the first state law was issued in Oregon in 1887.
  • Individual states observed the holiday by legislative enactment such as Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Soon thereafter, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania were on board, too.
  • Sensing a trend, 23 additional states observed the holiday by 1894 to honor workers.
  • On June 28 that year, Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
  • For the scoop on the history surrounding the founders themselves, check out our post from last year.
And in the spirit of the holiday, we’re logging off now. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily hope you are logging off, too.
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TheLadders Survey Reveals Correlation Between Short Names & High Salaries

Let’s say your name is Robert. Maybe you should go by Bobby at work? Check that — why not Bob instead? According to a recent report released by TheLadders, the shorter the name, the better (when it comes to your wallet, that is).

Upon analyzing the first names of the site’s six million members against factors such as industry, salary level and location, their experts concluded a correlation between the number of letters in a name and actual salary ranges.

So, if you want to go by Bobby instead of Bob, it’ll cost you about $7,200. Here’s why: Every letter added to a name decreases a salary by $3,600. This could equate to almost $288,000 over a 40-year career for dear ol’ Bobmeister! Read more

Would You Stay With an Employer That Demoted You?

If you’re in tune to the latest TV headlines (and even if you’re not), listen up. Randy Jackson was demoted from a judge to a mentor on American Idol and then was named a judge again.

So, the question is, similar to Randy’s situation, would you remain with a company that demoted you?

Of course, in a slow economy the first reaction is probably, “Yes.” After all, finding a new job isn’t too swift these days but maybe you would start to look right away? Read more