Happy Labor Day! What does Labor Day mean to you? Does it mean that school starts tomorrow? Does it mean that summer is over? Does it mean that you can no longer wear white? On a more practical level it probably means that you do not have to go to work and that you might just have a big family picnic!
Do you know when Labor Day started and why? Labor Day 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. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2017) Wow! A holiday that celebrates and promotes the people that do the work and keep our economy moving forward.
Our country first took notice of the American worker when workers first began speaking up for themselves and striking and protesting for better wages and better work conditions. The first actual Labor Day was on a Tuesday in September 1882. It became a federal holiday in 1894 and is celebrated on the first Monday of September.
The first Labor Days were celebrated with company picnics and family games. Everyone came to relax and have fun with their families and with their work friends. In 2017 people seem to celebrate by going school shopping and getting the best deals at all of the Labor Day sales! Although some families do continue to get together and have a family picnic, more and more we are too "busy" getting ready for the school week/year to do much relaxing and celebrating!
I hope that today you have been able to relax a little bit. Perhaps you were able to get a few deals at the Labor Day Sale. Maybe you had a chance to connect with family and be together. Whatever you did today, let us remember those who work hard to build cars, make appliances and program the computers that make our lives easier. Let's celebrate each other - the American Worker!