What Does Labor Day Mean To You?

Today many of us celebrate Labor Day as a peaceful day where we BBQ and lay back.  Labor Days start was very different.  In the 1800’s the state of labor very hard and very labor intense.  For example, the average worker that also included children as young as five years old usually worked a twelve hour day under very hazardous conditions.

In September 1882 a group of approximately 10,000 men, women and children marched from City Hall to Union Square in New Your City in protest their labor conditions.  These grim work conditions fueled the formation of organized labor unions.

Labor Day is a holiday created to celebrate and pay a contribution to workers.  This holiday was initially celebrated the union labor movement in the late 19th century; Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

Please take the time to read up on the formation of this important holiday.  You will be enlightened and proud especially if you are part of an organized union.

Are you part of a union?

 

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