Will you be Laboring on Labor Day?The Labor Day holiday was created by the labor movement in the 1880s and has over the centuries been dedicated to the social and economic achievement of American workers. This annual holiday pays tribute to the contributions workers have made to the “strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States.” The above referenced quote was part of the original declaration of the holiday; being first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1886 in New York City. The government first recognized Labor Day through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886 and then moved on to secure various state legislation. The vital force of the American worker added exponentially to the United States being seen as holding the highest standard of living as well as the greatest workforce production that the world had known. This work ethic and work-centered importance brought the United States the values and ideals of economic and political democracy. Most people now associate Labor Day as the official end of summer. It likely is the last hoorah for a trip to the beach, boating on the lake, and the last celebration of fireworks until New Year’s Eve. Not to mention, no more white shoes or linen jackets. (smile) As the United States Department of Labor writes…” It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership… the American Worker.” So… here’s to us… The American Worker!
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