Just over 100 years ago, Americans typically worked physically demanding jobs. Adults toiled 12 hours a day, seven days a week for low wages. Americans did not take lunch breaks. They did not get sick days or vacations. They were not protected by safety regulations.1

 

Children worked, too, in factories and mines. Conditions were harsh and unsafe for all.2

 

On September 5th, 1882, The Central Labor Union of New York held the first Labor Day Celebration. In fact, the first Labor Day parade was actually a one-day strike. Ten thousand workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, carrying signs that called for ‘Less Work and More Pay,’ reported The New York Times. They risked their jobs by participating.In 1884, they moved the celebration to the first Monday of the month. This tradition spread as state governments began to officially add this day to their calendars.3

 

Today, Labor Day is set aside to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers, the greatest workforce in the greatest economy of the world. It was proposed as a holiday by Matthew Maguire in 1882 while he served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, NY. The labor movement grew out of the need to protect the common interest of workers in the areas of better wages, reasonable hours, and safer working conditions. It also led efforts to stop child labor, offer health benefits, and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.1

 

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a national holiday.4

 

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Sources: 
1 https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1
2 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/what-is-labor-day.html
3 https://invention.si.edu/who-invented-labor-day
4 https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1851-1900/The-first-Labor-Day/

 

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