As we celebrate this Labor Day, sometimes referred, as the “unofficial” end of the Summer Season, where kids are back in school, parents sending their college aged children “away” for the first time, and even having a final last BBQ with family and friends, let us not forget, why we celebrate Labor Day!
“Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.
Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. After municipal ordinances were passed in 1885 and 1886, a movement developed to secure state legislation. New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known and the labor movement 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.” (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history)
As members of a Collective Bargaining Group, or a Union, as it’s known, it is imperative to understand, the origin of Labor Day, and continue the message of our Union forefathers. We should always continue to perform our duties in a professional, safe manner, and always look out for each other.
I hope you all enjoy this time with your family and friends, continue to be safe, and as always, stay engaged with all pertinent information regarding YOUR UNION, by visiting.