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Pictures of Labor Day Celebrations Through the Years

Pictures of Labor Day Celebrations Through the Years”

The UNF campus will be closed on Monday, September 4 as we celebrate Labor Day. 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.

Major congestion is expected on roads and at airports as many people look to take short break before returning to work the next day. 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.

We work because we pay our own way. The event was successful and declared "a day of the people" by the newspapers.

To most Americans in 21st century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday.

Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is one of just 10 federal holidays in the United States and pays tribute to the American workers movement. They're just grateful for a three-day week-end. This Labor Day, in between grilling, relaxing and visiting with friends and family, take a moment to say a silent thank you to Gompers and others like him, for their efforts to make the world of work a better place.

When was the first Labor Day?

In 1894, the same year as the Pullman strike, Labor Day was recognized as a federal holiday by Congress.

The Bahamas celebrates labour day as a national holiday on first Friday in June. The many benefits and protections workers enjoy today never existed until unions won them for working people.

As agriculture gave way to industry in America, labor unions grew more prominent. During the last two decades of the 1800s, workers carried out some 37,000 strikes in the United States; and between 1870 and 1914, up to 800 American workers were killed during strikes, nearly entirely by state security forces or the military, the Washington Post reported, citing historian Edward T. O'Connell. "It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country".

In 1894, workers at the Pullman rail vehicle company in IL went on strike after wages, hours and jobs were slashed. It was proposed as a "monster labor festival" and featured a parade, barbecues, and picnics. Canada also follows suit in the Labour Day celebrations. Labor Day in the USA is a public holiday and honours the achievements of workers and the American labor movement in particular.

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