What Is Labor Day?
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Well, to me, the only thing Labor Day meant was that I got time and a half hourly pay that day because I was always working. I didn't know what the significance was for it. Was it supposed to be a labor free day? If so, I was getting shafted for years and it never had any particular meaning for me. If anything, I worked HARDER on Labor Day because it usually meant my crew was short handed because someone called in because they were "sick"...(suffering from BBQ withdrawal). Well, here is what our good friends at Wikipedia say about Labor Day!

"Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 3 in 2012) that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada.

Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with Reyes, leader of the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday. Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race."

Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

*On a side note, I never understood that "not wearing white after Labor Day" thing. Why not? Anyway, happy Labor Day to everyone.





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sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM

When I was a kid, Labor Day always signalled the end to the joyful days of summer, and the return to school. From that standpoint, it was like "turn out the lights, the party's over." My parents were big players in the commmunity Labor Day parade back then, and I usually spent part of the day marching and participating in the festivities. But it wasn't really a day that I looked forward to.

On the other hand - when at work before I entered the Army - I thought Labor Day was a great day because I, too, was usually working at time-and-a-half. The best thing about Labor Day for me then was working OVERTIME ON THE NIGHT SHIFT on Labor Day. That got me double-time.

Nowadays, it's pretty much just another day where you can't get everything done that you might on a Monday that isn't a holiday. I suppose I should think more about the meaning and purpose of the holiday. I will now that you've reminded me. Thanks.

HMJC commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 15:16 PM

What if this country actually shut down for that day with the exception of essential professions? What if we really did celebrate the working stiffs that make this country go round? We have programed ourselves to believe that we cant stop for one day. If you think about it, how many days a year do we really stop and be glad for what we have, not what we want?. Have a good one!

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:19 PM

"What if this country actually shut down for that day with the exception of essential professions?"

My recollection is that we used to do it that way. Then people started squawking and businesses saw extra profits and next thing you know stores are open full-time on Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

We just need to SLOW DOWN and smell the roses, but I don't see that happening any time soon. It would require STRONG NATIONAL LEADERSHIP who felt it should be that way - and who would push it. But the businesses probably would still whine about lost revenues.


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