Celebrating Drivers This Labor Day


There’s a holiday around the corner, and it’s one that’s near and dear to us.

According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day was instituted as “an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers”. It was first celebrated on September 5th, 1882 in New York City. A decade later, it was celebrated by half of the states in the Union. A bill making Labor Day a federal holiday was signed by President Grover Cleveland in 1894.

Today, it’s celebrated on the first Monday in September. Americans throw cookouts and participate in parades, all in honor of the workers who make our country the global powerhouse that it is.

At The National Transportation Institute, we’re pretty jazzed about acknowledging workers. We’ll spend the weekend celebrating the 3.6 million truck drivers who make these observances possible. We could not be more proud of the men and women who spend nights, weekends, and holidays hauling freight across the country. They are the backbone of the economy.

None of this would be possible without the people who support them, either. Families who make do without mom or dad for weeks at a time, parents who handle bedtime alone and celebrate wedding anniversaries with a phone call. Their contribution goes a long way in making the United States what it is today.

Then there’s the driver’s other family – the professionals who take care of them. That’s right. We’re celebrating you, dear newsletter readers! You too play a crucial role in bringing all of us these things that we enjoy, whether during a holiday or not. All the recruiters, HR personnel, and executives who work hard to keep freight moving are a part of a team effort.

We’re guessing that if you read this newsletter, it’s because you care about more than just the bottom line. You want your drivers to be happy and content at your company. You care about them as people. We see you, and we appreciate your efforts, whether it’s making sure your truckers are compensated fairly, including them in company culture, or keeping them aware of all the great benefits that you want them to take advantage of.

This Labor Day, we hope you have a cookout. We plan to. And we’ll raise a toast to all of the trucking professionals who make our country amazing.

Happy Labor Day!

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