From the Desk of Lauran L Stevenson
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day was created to celebrate “the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” It was celebrated in over 30 states before it was proclaimed as a national holiday in 1894. In addition to contributing to the United States economy, workers also contribute a great deal to the government every year, in the form of taxes on labor.
Four Facts About Labor Day:
- In the late 19th century, trade unions and labor unions marched in a parade in New York City.
- The eight-hour day was not established until 1916 by the Adamson Act.
- 97% of US employers celebrate Labor Day.
- The Pullman Strike of 1894 that occurred in Chicago was a major event that caused Congress to unanimously vote to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday.