The History of Labor DayAugust 31, 2018
With summer at a close, we are headed towards Fall. One of the milestones that we all look forward to is the three day weekend where we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. As we plan our upcoming three day weekend, I thought I’d give a short history of how and when Labor Day started.
According to the Department of Labor website, “Labor Day is the creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes as a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
The day is believed to be a result of the work of Matthew Maguire, a machinist and the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J. The holiday was proposed in 1882 while he was serving as secretary of the central Labor Union in New York. By 1885 and 1886, the first governmental recognition came about when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – The American worker.”
Here’s to an extra day off. I hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend and I look forward to working with some of you this Fall as we close out 2018!
Follow the link here to see the entire article on the Department of Labor website.