You might think of Labor Day and only think about a day off work, but the truth of the matter is that it’s so much more important than that!
Labor Day represents the creation of the labor movement and is used to commemorate economic and social achievements of workers throughout the nation. It’s celebrated during the first Monday of every September and it’s used to recognize the contributions that workers have made to the prosperity, strength and well-being of our country, according to the United States Department of Labor (DOL).
Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys understand that this holiday has been celebrated for more than 100 years now. Some say that it was started by Peter J. McGuire, a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor and general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, while others believe that it was launched by Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists.
The first Labor Day that was recorded was celebrated on Tuesday, the 5th of September in 1882. It happened in New York City to be held with the Central Labor Union. The second Labor day was held by the Central Labor Union just a year later, on September 5th of 1883.
Labor Day Facts You May Not Have Known:
-First Labor Day festivities included a picnic, speeches, and lot of of cigars, Lager beer kegs… mounted in every conceivable place.
-In many countries, Labor Day is celebrated as International Workers Day or May Day on the 1st of May. This holiday was originally spawned by Europe’s proletariat movement.
-Many still argue who started the first Labor Day holiday.
-The first Labor Day celebration in the United States was designed as a way to appease city workers after they had conducted a number of strikes. Many of these strikes ended in severe violence.
-Oregon was the first state to declare Labor Day a state holiday. Following Oregon was New York, Colorado, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
-President Grover Cleveland declared the first labor day on Labor Day in 1894. it has been celebrated on the first Monday of every September ever since. The long weekend help people to travel and celebrate the holiday the right way.
-Fashionistas use the Labor Day holiday to stop all wear of the color white. That’s right guys, you too!
-Labor Day is also the unofficial end of the summer season. This is also when many school districts start up their school year again.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC if you have been injured on the job. Call 1-877-617-5333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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