This weekend we honor the contributions and achievements of American workers. Looking back on history of this American holiday makes it as relevant today’s workers, on-site, hybrid and remote. The location and nature of work continues to evolve but the workers remain as important as ever. Celebrate the worker!
The Labor Day holiday originated in the late 19th century during the labor movement, when workers struggled for better working conditions, wages, and hours.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882. It was organized by the Central Labor Union, a coalition of trade unions. The holiday quickly spread to other states, and by 1894, 23 states had adopted it. In that year, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.
Labor Day is now a time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of workers to the nation’s economy and well-being. It is also a time for workers to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Here are some of the key events in the history of Labor Day:
- 1882: The first Labor Day holiday is celebrated in New York City.
- 1884: The Knights of Labor adopt a resolution that the first Monday in September be considered Labor Day.
- 1894: President Grover Cleveland signs a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.
- 1909: The first Labor Day parade is held in Washington, D.C.
- 1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act is passed, establishing a national minimum wage and a maximum workweek of 40 hours.
- 1971: The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is passed, providing retirement benefits for workers.
Labor Day is a reminder of the importance of workers’ rights and the contributions that workers make to the economy. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements of workers and to reflect on the progress that has been made in improving working conditions and workers rights.