Hard work and tenacity are etched into our Region's labor-rich past and present.

From refinery and steel workers to business commuters, Northwest Indiana seems to embody the very theme that Labor Day celebrates as a federal holiday.

In honor of the day, we invited guest columns from Region and state officials representing organized labor, private business and nonprofit sectors to weigh in on anything from pressing labor issues to the history and meaning behind labor laws and the holiday itself.

We hope you enjoy these viewpoints in today's Forum section of The Times at at nwi.com/opinion.