Florida Tile Setters’ Labor Day 2014

Florida Tile Setters' labor-day 2014Florida Tile Setters’ Labor Day 2014

If you are a Florida tile setter and working this Labor Day, consider yourself lucky.  While the national unemployment rate is currently at 6.2 percent, the unemployment rate on Florida’s Treasure Coast is near 6.4 percent.   The outbreak of the U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis and financial crisis of 2007–08 that brought on the the global recession of 2009 is having a continued influence into 2014.

Seventy-one percent of Americans polled by Rutgers University think the Great Recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey released August 29, 2014.   In Florida, that sentiment is completely justified.  The slow pace of improvement during this recovery, now in its sixth year, has eroded confidence and depleted the savings of a majority of Floridians.

A majority of those surveyed say they fear that job security has all but disappeared.  About 42 percent of those surveyed say they have less pay and savings than before the recession began in late 2007.  Their fears are based upon reality.  Estimates indicate that the median household income was $53,891 in June, according to Sentier Research.   That’s down from an inflation-adjusted $56,604 at the start of the recession.

The original intent of the official Labor Day holiday was to recognize the accomplishments of the American worker. For laborers in the U.S.A. today, the official holiday declaration rings hollow.  Now, Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations are closed. In Florida that represent about 15% of its working population. Florida has never been highly unionized, so few large businesses consider it good practice to pay employees for not working.

As an tile setter, I find the idea of being paid to not produce a product amusing. This Labor Day is no different than any other work day. It is another opportunity for this Florida tile setter to set tile and make a living.


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