We all know Labor Day as a time for family, picnics and recreation. But, how did it start? Who gets credit for its founding? Why do we have Labor Day?
Labor Day’s inception began in the late 1800’s as recognition for and in appreciation of the working class and their unions. It is a creation of the Labor movement fighting for workers rights and fair working conditions. It is a tribute to the millions of workers in our country who contribute to the prosperity and well being of the USA.
There is a debate about who gets credit for founding Labor Day. Is it McGuire or Maguire? Some credit Peter J. McGuire , a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Others credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist with the international Association of Machinists in Patterson, NJ. The debate continues to this day.
The first Labor Day celebration was thought to have occurred in New York City on September 5, 1882. The idea was to grow Labor organizations and show appreciation in many of the industrial centers of our country. On June 28, 1894, the 53rd Congress made Labor Day a legal holiday on the first Monday of September each year.
Labor Day is a wonderful day for all Americans and for family time accompanied with parades and celebrations. When attending that picnic, parade or celebration, let us remember the hard work of those who came before us and those who continue to make this country strong and prosperous. The United States is fortunate to have the highest collective standard of living in the world and that success was built on our industrial past fueled by hard working Americans. The Patberg Law Firm wishes you, your family and friends a joyful and safe holiday. For any legal questions regarding worker or employment rights, contact Attorney Rolf Louis Patberg at the Patberg Law Firm at 412-232-3500 or email Attorney Patberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding Labor Day and its history visit the United States Department of Labor website.