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The backwards holiday, Labor Day!


September is Labor Day. The Backwards Holiday. Every year when it rolls around, I wonder why it is named Labor Day. Since it’s a Holiday intended to be just that, a Holiday – I would think a better name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep in Day, maybe even Do- Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day. After all, we know what Labor means. And many will likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring.


Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.


In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average.

Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.


These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a shorter eight-hour workday. They also focused on getting workers more days off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the workweek to just six days.

These early organizers clearly won since the most recent data show that the average person working in manufacturing is employed for a bit over 40 hours a week and most people work only five days a week.


Surprisingly, many politicians and business owners were in favor of giving workers more time off. That is because workers who had no free time were not able to spend their wages on traveling, entertainment or dining out.


As the U.S. economy expanded beyond farming and basic manufacturing in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became important for businesses to find consumers interested in buying the products and services being produced in ever greater amounts. Shortening the work week was one way of turning the working class into the consuming class.


So, to celebrate the month of September and the affection for Laboring, I have a special announcement to make I will be Laboring, but for a very special reason.


My team and I are addicted to helping you and those you know buy or sell the place they call home. In fact, it is a race to help as many as possible so we can GIVE more away.


A CORE philosophy at our company is ‘the size of the hole you give thru is directly proportionate to the size of the hole you receive thru’. Therefore, our Mission is to Go Serve Big!!! Serve you, serve those you refer to us and of course, serve a very worthy

cause… the great work being done at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation.


This year we are on a mission to raise $25,000 for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation. The hospitals provide care from hundreds of doctors from more than 50 medical specialties, the staff delivers expertise that covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and traumatic injuries, as well as expertise in organ transplants and the care of critically ill newborns. With more than 1,700 clinical trials each year, UCSF Benioff is at the forefront in offering patients the latest therapies, led by clinician researchers who are committed to providing the most advanced care in their fields. UCSF Benioff relies on the generosity of donors and supporters like YOU to fulfill its mission to create joy, optimism and hope for families. We are committed to donating a portion of our income from home sales to this very worthy cause. So, YOUR REFERRALS really do HELP THE KIDS…


Who do you know considering buying or selling a home, or investing in real estate you could refer to my team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but the kids at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals will benefit as well.


Just give me a call or pass my number on to anyone you know considering buying or selling. My number is 925-351-4924.


You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and I. As we move forward through this red-hot summer, please know we are extremely thankful for you and you being a special part of our business.

Go Serve Big!!!

Michael Forkas

Your Home Sold Guaranteed!

P.S. When you read the story enclosed your heart will warm! Boy mine sure did. Check it out.




Meet Julian


Toddler playing on the beach
Julian playing and exploring at the beach.

Millie Tovar, five months into her pregnancy, eagerly anticipated the anatomy scan with her husband, Billy. Their excitement turned to concern when the ultrasound showed an issue with their baby's heart. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' advanced diagnostic capabilities diagnosed the baby with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Further tests at 32 weeks revealed an additional rare genetic disorder, KBG syndrome. The conditions had significant implications for the baby, Julian, and his parents. Millie would be induced at 39 weeks, and Julian would undergo intensive care from birth. He faced two open-heart surgeries within the first six months of his life. Throughout this journey, a dedicated team of experts at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals provided unparalleled care, guiding Millie and Billy every step of the way. Julian was born in November 2019, and just seven days later, underwent his first surgery. Despite challenges, with the unwavering support from the hospital's team, Julian has shown remarkable progress. He's now a growing toddler, exploring the world around him with curiosity. The care and interventions Julian received were made possible by research funded by philanthropy. The future holds even more promise, with discoveries and innovations on the horizon that could further improve the lives of children like Julian. The profound care and expertise showcased by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals truly make a difference in countless lives. By choosing to support our realty business, you're not just investing in a home but also contributing to the hospital's foundation. We're proud to donate a portion of our income to aid their commendable mission. Together, we can make a lasting impact.

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