Labor Day now is a day off with family and friends: often celebrated by a large body or bodies of water with copious amounts of barbecued burgers, hotdogs and ridiculous amounts of grandma’s potato salad.
It is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday of every September that demonstrates the end of summer and the beginning of football season and school starting. For families across the United States, it is the last chance to savor the coveted summer vacations.
But, it wasn’t always that way.
The first ever Labor Day was held in 1882. The holiday would not be recognized by the government for 12 years after that in 1894!
In the day of the Industrial Revolution, some factory employees worked 12 hour days for 7 days a week. Some of the conditions in these factories or facilities were not kept up and caused employees to be overworked and susceptible to the harsh chemicals flowing throughout their work station.
The employees didn’t just want a day off, they needed it! The Central Labor Union wanted to create a holiday for workers, so Labor Day came along.
Labor Day constitutes a day for workers everywhere to be recognized for the contributions that they have made to our communities.
No matter what profession you come from, this holiday is for you!
There is still some debate as to who first proposed the holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Others believe in was Matthew McGuire, a machinist.
Whichever McGuire it was, thank you for the day off by the pool!
By: Lauren Horne
August 24, 2017