Like many of you, I will be firing up the grill and enjoying the last bit of summer, but I think it’s also important to take a few minutes and reflect on the occasion.
Labor Day started in 1882 when the Central Labor Union of New York City fought for a holiday for working people. Congress made the first Monday in September an official holiday in 1894 and Labor Day was born.
When you head to your favorite campsite or cottage up North for a long weekend away from the daily grind please think about all those who toiled to make your lives better. Thank a union member if you like:
- The 40 hour work week
- Overtime pay
- Minimum Wage
- Child labor restrictions
- Medical insurance
- Workmen’s Compensation
- Unemployment Insurance
- Retirement Benefits
- Lunch breaks
- Fair pay for a hard day’s work
It was the labor movement that created the Middle Class. It was labor that built the roads and infrastructure that businesses used to make a profit. It was labor that built the America we love.
And with that I’m getting out the brats!
Happy Labor Day,