THIS ENTRY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG SEPTEMBER 3, 2007.
- Editor’s note: Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.
– “Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September.
The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central
Labor Union to create a day off for the ‘working man’. It is still
celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer
for many. Labor Day became a national holiday by Act of Congress in
1894,” quoting Wikipedia.
– “Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,
said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American
Federation of Labor. All other holidays are in a more or less degree
connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of
strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one
nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to
no sect, race, or nation,” quoting the U. S. Dept. of Labor website.
– The History of Labor Day
From the U. S. Dept. of Labor website.
– “The Fourth of July commemorates our political freedom, a freedom which without economic freedom is meaningless indeed. Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom reality.”
Click here for the address by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 6, 1936.
– “Lesson of Labor Day” written in 2010 by Robert Reich.
Robert Reich has been Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley since January 2006. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.
Read more of Reich’s astute view “The Real Lesson of Labor Day,” September 3, 2010.
The Yelm Community Blog pauses to acknowledge all laborers worldwide this day, for through all of our toils is the world a better place!