~~September 4, 2015~~
LABOR DAY WEEKEND …. LABOR MOVEMENT
I’ll be taking a few days off for this long weekend.
I didn’t want to “leave” without honoring the labor movement of old times.
They were the ones who laid the foundation to the prosperity which was once part of this country.
Unions were very important in setting the groundwork.
The pride, the strength and the stamina of this country was set there.
It’s about time to fight to get it back again.
I will be back soon.
Enjoy and be safe.
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.
It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Clevelandfeared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Therefore, in 1887, the United States holiday was established in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.
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 on February 21, 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, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it 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 previous 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 socialist 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.
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Remembering how it was
~~Published on Sep 2, 2012~~
Labor Day Remembrance: Honoring the Sacrifices of the Past.
This is based on research for “Blood on the Constitution.”
We ALL are ONE!!