Do You Know Your Labor Day History?

As Labor Day approaches, let us be reminded that although this day is one that many signify as the mark of the end of summer, Fall officially starts on September 21, 2010. Here is a little history about Labor Day from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website:

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. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. To read more about the history of Labor day, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website:

Please also take a few minutes to watch this video address by our Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis:


2 thoughts on “Do You Know Your Labor Day History?

  1. Don Morrison says:

    I see myself as a win-win team player and have a hard time with left and right extremes. I have worked union and non-union and now have retired into my one-man electric sign and neon business.

    From my perspective, we, as a nation, need to pull together to be PRODUCTIVE. This means that International trade, once again, needs to be TRADE, NOT IMPORTING. If all of our exports consist of only music and movies, but planes and ships come here fully loaded, where is the future income for our grandchildren to come from? Lots of imports are great, and we need to strive to be a good neighbor, but CONSUMPTION has taken the place of PRODUCTION in our country to the extent that it overshadows “global warming” as a threat to our future.

    I’m no economist, but I can see fewer “Made in USA” stickers on products, and more obstacles to small businesses all the time. The costs and paperwork involved in becoming a small employer have become prohibitive to people trying to grow a small business in the USA. HONESTY and SIMPLICITY are values to be promoted at every level of business and government. My productive time, servicing clients, is limited by the mountain of paperwork even as a one-man operation. Electrical and contractor licensing is the least of it. Tax forms from state and other levels of government, business organization structure options, daily bookkeeping, and whatever comes in the mail or on the phone keeps me away from productive work. Manufacturing and servicing products needs to be the bottom line, and needs maximum support from all levels of government. Those basic values stated above, along with economic productivity, public safety, and solid growth in business from the bottom up, need to be a solid base for our culture and future economic strength. Limiting non-productive or unnecessary work for small businesses could be a key to U.S. prosperity. Let’s try pulling together, setting limits for those who need them, but opening doors for the rest of us to prosper.

    Have a good LABOR DAY HOLIDAY!

    Let’s all pull together.

    Thank you.

    Don Morrison
    Gillette, WY


  2. Hi Don,

    You made a very familiar comment to my post. You know, your concerns have been echoed for years now and it seems that so much has caught up with us, leaving everyone’s mouths open in awe. I agree that we are a nation of consumers and while I don’t mind imports, the scales of balance regarding our exports vs. imports is so imbalanced. I wrote a couple of articles a while back and posted them in my July, 2010 archives, where I speak about similarities to what you responded to. Here are links to them if you get a chance to go back to read those posts:
    and the other:

    I can truly understand your frustration and I hope that as a nation, we will learn from things we take for granted and could ultimately lose, because we are allowing our self-worth and purpose to be compromised and devalued. You are right that more and more, I see less and less of “Made in America” or “Made in the USA” stickers on our manufactured products.

    I can also understand the mounds of paperwork that you have to do, especially when you don’t have the manpower to assign those duties and responsibilities to. You really do need an administrator and perhaps (and this is just a thought) you can get an intern to help you a few hours a week, from one of your local colleges. You may want to check the business colleges or business departments of your local colleges, and see if they can provide a student who will get credit for their work. It’s a thought, but if it works out ok, then it will give you a little bit of wiggle room to service your customers accordingly.

    Wishing you all the best and thanks for sharing your thoughts Don. Be blessed and have a wonderful Labor Day as well.



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