Hope Everyone Enjoyed Labor Day Weekend

History of Labor Day

As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the
United States, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven
days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they
provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly
enforced. With the long hours and terrible working conditions, American unions
became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life. On
Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square
in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an
unpaid day-off to honor the workers of America as well as vocalize issues they
had with employers. As years passed, more states began to hold these parades,
but Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later.

Information adapted from the September issue of Veterans Eagle published by VetJobs is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business


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