Sunday, August 31, 2014

LABOR DAY 2014: Simple Concept, Strong Principle, Way of Life

American Workers Have Made and Continue to Keep America Strong
(Whether Union or Not - Support them All)

REMEMBER: The real idea and concept behind Labor Day, and ever since, with rare exception to support the obvious GOP in office, the GOP, in general, still hates Unions, most public employees, public education, all that Labor stands for. Despite all that political turmoil, American Labor Unions have done far more good than bad for the country and middle class. 

LABOR DAY, WHAT IT MEANS:  Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

LABOR DAY LEGISLATION: Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit.

BY 1894: 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of same year, Congress passed an Act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in DC and all American territories.

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