Why Labor Day?

1940 Labor Day Celebration Miners celebrate Labor Day with their children in Silverton, Colorado.

Neighbors and friends,

Happy Labor Day! Hope you’re enjoying this very warm holiday weekend. Have you wondered how it all started?

In the early 1880’s a carpenter and labor union leader, Peter J. Mcguire, thought American workers should be recognized for their economic and social contributions. He suggested the idea to New York’s Central Labor Union. On Sept 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers held a parade from City Hall to Union Square. The celebration included speeches, a concert and picnics. Not long after, Congress made Labor Day a national holiday, to be honored the first Monday in September. Some people agreed it’s also a good time to discuss ways to improve working conditions and salaries. On that score, lots of work remains to be done. 

More people in the USA are employed in the health and education services sector than any other, followed by: wholesale and retail trade; business and professional services; manufacturing; leisure and hospitality; and construction, financial, transportation, and public utilities.



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