September 2, 2014
America’s very first Labor Day was held in NYC Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Over 10,000 workers marched in Wendel’s Elm park and took unpaid leave for a concert picnic featuring speeches that celebrate industrial centers of the USA. The Central Labor Union planned this event and in 1885 it began to be celebrated nation wide as a national holiday.
Facts of the TIme:
Article Reference: http://www.firstcoastnews.com
In 1880 Americans typically worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week. Kids as young as 5 or 6 could work in factories.
- Congress passed the Adamson Act in 1916, which established the 8-hour workday.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 although by then more than 50% of the states were already marking the occasion.
- Many countries around the world celebrate workers on May Day or International Workers Day on May 1.
- AAA Travel predicts that 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Labor Day weekend.
- For many people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer (and no more wearing white!).
As of July 2014, there were about 156 million Americans in the civilian labor force in the United States.
- Canada started celebrating labor day in Toronto in 1872 — a full decade before the United States.
Labor Day, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, means the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement. This day is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of the American workers. Workers have strived for the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the American country and Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to these contributions!