1. September 2014
Today is Labor Day in the U.S.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City, organized by the Central Labor Union. Just think if that would have stuck: It could have meant a four-day weekend to rest from one’s toils.
However, by 1884, the first Monday in September became the day.
This image, from the Department of Labor website, clearly doesn’t show auto workers on parade. Rather, those are workers from Bakers Union Local 78 in Detroit from back in the ‘50s or ‘60s. Presumably more than a few delicious pastries that they produced were eaten by the men and women of GM, Ford and Chrysler, to say nothing of the multitudinous suppliers in the Motor City.
That said, at the American Federation of Labor convention in 1909, they came up with the idea of celebrating Labor Sunday. That would have meant, of course, no additional day off.
Labor Day is to celebrate the accomplishment of workers.
Pat yourself on the back.