A Labor Day like no other: Chamber pays tribute to Guam’s workers

Guam Chamber of Commerce President Catherine Castro (PNC file photo)

The Guam Chamber of Commerce has issued a special Labor Day statement, paying tribute to the island’s workers.

Chamber President Catherine Castro pointed out that this year’s Labor Day holiday is one like no other. She said the Chamber’s September calendar this year has no place holder for family barbecues, the annual company labor day picnic or even labor day shopping deals because of the stay-at-home mandate.

Castro added that the holiday that puts aside time for us to recognize the hard work and contributions of the American worker is today, one to be contemplated rather than celebrated.

“As I ponder this historic holiday I am thinking about the thousands of our Guam workforce without jobs who are probably praying for financial relief and wondering when guidelines will be lifted so they can seek any available job opportunities in this current pandemic situation. Some are probably figuring out if it will be worth it to consider learning a brand new trade if it means a steady income again. I’m thinking about the entrepreneurs and small business owners that have closed their doors and are contemplating next steps. I’m thinking about all those essential workers who have been busting their chops to keep up with the demand for their services and feeling overwhelmed and overworked,” Castro said.

According to the Chamber president, the pandemic has wreaked havoc in our lives but it has also taught us lessons and showed us silver linings.

“In my extremely little corner of the world, I have the pleasure of interacting and communicating with everyday workers who make a difference in their spheres of influence. I’d like to recognize them today,” Castro said.

She added: “Thank you to all our workforce in the private and public sectors who help us run our operations and whose contributions are invaluable – you are the reason we commemorate Labor Day today.”