September 5th Labor Day

Labor Day is the “workingman’s holiday” though the boss seems to get the day off as well. It was started on September 5th in 1882 by either Peter or Matthew McGuire, who organized Carpenters and other laborers to celebrate themselves and get a day off work. The holiday was moved to the first Monday in September in 1884 and was made a national holiday in 1894 by the U.S. Congress (Where we know all labor hard over who gets to go to lunch first and gets the better parking spot). The Central Labor Union in NYC is credited with the first creation of the day and it was a major success giving those who rarely got any benefits a few to celebrate.

How to celebrate – Take the day off is you labor at anything. (In my case its about staying awake!) Realize the strengths, and weakness’ of labor unions. Celebrate a nation where you can even have a labor union.

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