What is Labor Day?
According to Wikipedia, Labor Day is defined as;
“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer. The holiday is also a federal holiday.”
Whether you think Labor Day Signifies the end of summer or the beginning of fall, we cam all agree that it is supposed to to be a day of relaxation. We, as workers have rights and are strong tougher. This is your day people! Your day to barbecue and be with your family, doing what you want to do!
“Following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland supported the creation of the national holiday in an attempt to shore up support among trade unions following the Pullman Strike. The date of May 1 (an ancient European holiday known as May Day) was an alternative date, celebrated then (and now) as International Workers Day, but President Cleveland was concerned that observance of Labor Day on May 1 would encourage Haymarket-style protests and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers’ Day.
All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories have made Labor Day a statutory holiday.”
Written By: Andrew Vallee, host 10-3 Mon-Fri on the Bristol Beat
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