+ The Conversation via Truthout: On Labor Day, Let’s Celebrate 2022 as a Pivotal Year for Independent Unions
+ KING-5 TV News, NBC Seattle: Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?
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– “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.
– “WHAT COLOR AM I – ‘The People’s Anthem’ – Charles J. Jones”
Click here and expect to be moved! Special message AFTER song!
The Yelm Community Blog pauses to acknowledge all laborers worldwide this day, for through all of our toils the world is a better place!