Do You The History Behind Labor Day?
We are all getting ready for the long Labor Day weekend but what is Labor Day all about? For starters, it's always the first Monday in September, and according to Wikipedia, it's a creation of the labor movement that is dedicated to the achievements of American workers and offers a tribute to all the contributions workers have made to the United States of America.
This all got started when some municipal ordinances were passed back in 1885 and 1886. Then a formal movement began to secure state legislation. First a New York state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was Oregon then, four more states jumped on board Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, all of them creating Labor Day holidays with many more states to follow.
There is one thing that is still debated about the Labor Day holiday that is still debated even today, you see there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Looking back at some records, they lean towards the idea that Peter McGuire, who was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first to bring forward the idea of honoring workers who are the backbone of America.
However many believe and credit Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist, for founding the holiday. Research seems to support the Matthew Maguire was putting the idea out there as early as 1882.
Street parades and speeches by powerful men & women were soon to follow leading us to this very time.
Now you know.
For a more in-depth look at the holiday, check out this cool vid by the History Channel, on YouTube.