Many of us have the chance to try to enjoy a work-free Labor Day. But probably almost as many people must report to work on Labor Day.

Back in the day, I remember my folks planning to get gasoline or make a last-minute stop at the grocery before they closed for the holiday. Malls and strip-malls also were closed, along with most restaurants. In fact, except for hospital ERs, almost all establishments in the 1970s and earlier were closed for Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and other minor and major holidays.

That isn’t the case anymore. This morning, I pulled into a Starbucks, stopped at the grocery, and picked my daughter up from the mall. Labor Day is a day off for the bosses but in many cases not for the laborers for whom it was meant.