Enjoying your Labor Day Weekend? Thank a Union.
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Sep 1, 2013
The first officially recognized Labor Day was celebrated on September 5th, 1882 in New York City. In 1894, it was finally recognized as a federal holiday to honor the American worker. Yes, the worker ó the man or woman who gives the best years of their lives to various corporations in exchange for a pittance of the profits ó not the CEOs and Wall Street hedge fund managers who have tanked our economy on more than one occasion.
While corporate interests may have given us the first intercontinental railroad or brought us the $0.99 iPhone that youíre currently using to take pictures of your Labor Day cookout (itís not a BBQ unless itís done low and slow over a wood fire) for Instagram, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the worker.
This country was built from the blood, sweat and tears of men and women from all over the world. They gave everything they had ó including their lives ó to give us railways, interstates and a communications grid. Labor Day itself would not have been brought about if it were not for the collective representation of various workers known as a union.
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