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History of Labor Day suggests much more than day of rest

History of Labor Day suggests much more than day of rest”

So, as you celebrate this Labor Day, consider the benefits of Right to Work. And now that more than 30 states and cities are guaranteeing paid sick days, it's time to expand these measures to include paid holidays and vacation days for all workers.

In practice, all government offices and organizations are closed, while many private businesses also shut for the day to enable workers to mark the occasion with their families. Some mills employed children as young as five or six years old, paying them only a portion of the wages adults earned for the same labor.

And in local and national elections let us cast our votes in support of candidates who agree it is unacceptable to treat workers as little more than obstacles in the path to bigger profits.

U.S. Secret Service agents talk before U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the 11th Congressional District Labor Day Parade and Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 5, 2016.

Honoring labor as a "contributor" to American prosperity is like toasting oxygen's contribution to human evolution on earth.

This Labor Day, look around, and you will notice a myriad of workers, all working hard to put together the restful and relaxing holiday weekend the rest of us get to enjoy.

The fourth Monday in October is celebrated as Labour Day in New Zealand and is a public holiday in the country.

There's a more serious meaning behind Labor Day as it was first celebrated in 1882 amid a period of great unrest and protests from workers' unions over conditions facing employees. In 1887, at the opposite end of the country from New York, Oregon became the first state to pass a bill creating a Labor Day holiday.

Many of today's working force will be at their workplaces since it is not a holiday in some fields of endeavor.

The Bahamas celebrates labour day as a national holiday on first Friday in June.

In 1894, Congress passed legislation setting aside the first Monday of every September to recognise and honour American workers. The strike was backed by other unions-the nationwide American Railroad Union pulled its members from trains that had Pullman Cars-and a total of 125,000 workers on 29 railroads quit rather than handle Pullman cars, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Labor Day is a celebration that honours the labour movement and the implementation of various labour laws as well as contributions made by millions of people.



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