A Labor Day Thank you
September 5, 2020
Labor Day, which is dedicated to celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers and their contributions to our country’s welfare and prosperity.
It was created by the American labor movement in the late 19th century when many workers worked 12 hour days, seven days a week, often in unsafe conditions. With workers growing frustrated with their working conditions, low pay, and lack of breaks, labor unions became increasingly prominent in the U.S.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. By celebrating their “workingmen’s holiday” they galvanized labor unions across the U.S. After widespread protests by labor unions, Congress officially acknowledged Labor Day as a national holiday in 1894.