Today I'm reminded of the 2006 opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the hats-off given by the members of the Nashville Symphony to every member of the construction effort in gratitude for the completion of the symphony's new home.
It was later revealed that improper hiring practices were in place at the Schermerhorn (and also at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital), which means that some of the people thanked in that inaugural year of the Symphony Center were visaless, and therefore without permission to work.
The fact remains, however, that everyone on that project worked.
Like justice, perhaps appreciation for a job well done should be blind.
It's gratitude we might consider not only on Labor Day but on any day we are blessed by the work done in the Symphony Center and in the Children's Hospital.
See also this Labor Day cartoon by Jim McCloskey.