02 September 2011

History of Labor Day

Do you know what Labor Day was established to celebrate?

Me either. Google to the rescue!

According to the US DOL, "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."

Like many Monday holidays, Labor Day has become a three day weekend for office workers, and an extra weekend day for those making tips. Maybe I'm a little cynical as I write this, but it doesn't really seem like the best way to celebrate workers.

So let's throw the system out. If you were constructing a day to celebrate the labor movement and the success of the American worker, what would you propose? Leave it in the comments. If we get five or more comments, I have two mystery books to send to a pair of lucky winners.

Pretty good odds, folks.

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