• Jamie Smith

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Updated: Nov 9

A Brief Little History Lesson


Labor Day, a 3 Day Weekend filled with either Big Plans or absolutely none at all. No matter which one you choose to do this year, it should be enjoyed and celebrated. Prior to 1894 Labor Day did not actually exist. Well, it was not a Federal Holiday anyway. People worked 7 days a week, 12 hours per day, and at the height of the American Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, it was normal to work long hours, even for children, and seniors, just to make a basic living.


Newly formed Labor Unions began organizing rallies and strikes for safe, and sanitary conditions, along with regulated hours and pay. The first “Workingman’s Holiday” was made up of 10,000 workers who took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.


This eventually caught on in cities across the country, with boycotts, strikes, and walkouts which oftentimes turned into riots and were very dangerous. Finally, to quiet the unrest, Congress passed an Act, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law as a Federal Holiday.


It is with that brief history that we would like to thank our previous generations for if it weren’t for the hard work that led to Labor Day, we would not have been able to have the systems in place today; such as with Retirement. Social Security and Medicare benefits are guaranteed to those that labor for our country. Without labor, and without a competent workforce system, our elderly population would be in a constant struggle to survive. So, on this Labor Day, and for years to come, it is important to remember that labor plays a vital role in taking care of our elderly population.


So, no matter what you decide to do this coming weekend, just remember that your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are responsible for making our country a better place today.



 

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