What is Labor Day?


 

New York City celebrated the first Labor Day on September 5, 1882.

Labor Day is a United States Federal holiday. 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. http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

Labor Day takes on a different understanding today. Families are the center of our economy and our economy is broken. Of 303 million Americans, over 12 million Americans are unemployed. 10 million “working poor” families struggle to put food on their tables. 46 million people live in poverty.  A staggering 16 million children are growing up poor. And we, as nation, pay homage to a labor movement.

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