Every first Monday in September we celebrate Labor Day. Most people recognize it as the last holiday of the summer. Many schools base their start off the holiday as well. But do you know the history behind it? You can watch a short 3 minute video about Labor Day’s History here.
Labor Day started in the late 19th century and was officially made a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day is a day to honor the, “contributions and achievements of American workers.”
While many states recognized the, “working men’s holiday,” with legislation, Congress took 12 years to make it a legal holiday. This happened because, “On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.”So today is really a day to celebrate you and the value of the work you contribute to our society. From all of us at EverStar Realty – Happy Labor Day!As always, thanks for reading and we welcome any additional information or comments you may have.
Source: The History Channel has great information which you can see by visiting their site here.
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