Wishing my all followers a Happy Labor Day! Monday marks the 125th celebration of Labor Day as a national holiday in the United States.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The history of the holiday is interesting. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Who actually started the day is still disputed but it appears that of the two men generally credited with its beginnings, Peter J. McGuire and Matthew Maguire, the better claim for the credit for the holiday goes to Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, NJ. Regardless of who had the idea, 125 years later it is still going strong. So Happy Labor Day!