In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.
Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.And Thank You to the Unions which were once strong in the United States and will one day again become Strong, lest we all end up working and working and working trying to scrape by with only 'Slave' wages--IT IS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY THAT IS THE TRUE BACKBONE OF SOCIETY--After all, each and every third world country has a few rich and many poor---CAN WE REALLY CALL THAT ADVANCED OR WORTH IMATATING--NOT!!!!! THAT IS WHY THE MIDDLE CLASS IS WORTH SAVING--THAT IS WHY WE NEED MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO CLIMB OUT OF POVERTY--THE MORE THAT CLIMB OUT OF POVERY==THE BETTER IT IS FOR US ALL. AFTER ALL, GOODS SITTING IN A WAREHOUSE, NO MATTER HOW COST EFFECTIVELY BUILT THEY WERE, DOES NO ONE ANY GOOD UNLESS SOME ONE CAN AFFORD TO BUY THEM. THE MORE EMPLOYEES=MORE CUSTOMERS=MORE DEMAND FOR GOODS=MORE EMPLOYEES TO BUILD THE GOODS=MORE CUSTOMERS WHO GO OUT TO DINNER=MORE DEMAND FOR WAITERS/WAITRESSES/ HOSTS/HOSTESSES.... WHO CAN AFFORD.....
Yes, Thank You, Mister President Barack Obama--That is why I am passing this on>>>>
As a nation, we celebrate Labor Day to recommit ourselves each year to the idea that everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead.
It's a goal that motivates President Obama every single day. It's why he's fighting for a better bargain for the middle class.
Getting ahead means a good education and a home of your own. It means health care when you get sick and a secure retirement even if you’re not rich. Above all else, it means a good job that pays a good wage.
So this Labor Day, take a moment to watch President Obama talk about why this holiday is so important, then share it with your friends:
By The Way, I am cutting this short right here, because I have a movie to see--'LEE DANIEL'S THE BUTLER' I HEAR IT IS VERY GOOD, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SEEN IT, I AM FOLLOWING YOUR LEAD AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO SEE IT LIKE MYSELF--LET US GET GOING--THIS MOVIE IS TOO GOOD TO MISS!!!!
Lee Daniels' The Butler