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Pat McMahon

Updated Sep 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

In Labor

So what's all this Labor Day stuff about anyway?

How are we supposed to celebrate being workers in America when we're all taking the day off?

I don't think women would consider Labor Day a time to recognize the grandeur of contractions. No, it has to be a day to honor the work force.

Of course, it began as an effort to honor only some of the work force -- union members. You see, it was founded in 1894, either by an executive of the Air Force or a high-ranking administrator of the International Brotherhood of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey. Doesn't sound like the kind of holiday we'd be invited to in our right-to-work state does it?

But even as the immense power of labor unions diminishes in this country, one has to look at the origins of that power.

Unions were created to counter the unfair treatment of employees by management. The puzzle to me has always been whether labor unions would ever have come into existence if the big bosses in the front office would have offered a sense of pride and owership to their employees.

Today, that's what some of our most successful companies have done...without unions.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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