Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day 2015

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. -Wikipedia
With some of the attacks on organized labor in recent years, it is important to remember the many benefits that the labor movement has given us. While no movement is ever perfect, the lifestyle we have come to expect is as much the work of the unions and labor movement as anything else. Celebrate them today.


Anonymous said...

Labor Day was an attempt to defang the Internationalism of the Workers by divorcing American Labor from European (read Communist) inspired celebrations of May Day.

pmPilgrim said...

However, according to sources:

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

This is before the communist movement took off in Europe.