Happy Labor Day Folks!

For those of you,  like myself, who are (Laboring) on this fine day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers….I commend you!   Though, I’m sure it wasn’t by choice….but kudos to you regardless for sucking it up and not calling in sick!

Rather than grease your Monday morning with some uplifting, motivational, sehf help topic;  I figured in honor of this Federal Holiday I would dig up some facts, since clearly I couldn’t exactly remember why Labor Day is celebrated and if you can, then well I owe you a cookie, or a virtual high-five or something!   By facts I mean (directly sited off the US Dept. of Labor website, not that Wikipedia crap!)   Enjoy and perhaps you’ve learned something new!

  • Labor Day:  constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
  • The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

  • In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country

  • Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, 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 form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day.

  • 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 pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

There you have it folks, straight from Uncle Sam’s website (not Facebook account either).  Kind of funny, and forgive me for sounding like the ultra liberal that I have become, but since the Labor Day tradition began with the labor movement (I.E. the unions) I say if you are the typical right-winger and against the labor unions you should NOT be able to celebrate the holiday nor take the day off of work.   Yeah, see how well that works right?

Have a great day, regardless of what you’re up to!

Yours in Hospitality, 

Brian

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