Labor Day

By | Aug 26, 2007

The Federal Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September. In 2007 this will be September 3rd.

The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the “working man”.

In May 1886 there was a general strike which eventually won the eight-hour workday in the United States. These events are today commemorated as Labor Day on May 1 in virtually every country in the world, with the notable exceptions being the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The first governmental labor day came when municipal ordinances in man places were passed during 1885 and 1886.  The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, with Oregon being the first to pass a bill for an official Labor Day on February 21, 1887.  By the end of 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — had created the Labor Day holiday.  By 1894, 31 states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28, 1893 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Since 1966, Labor Day weekend has also been the date of the the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, founded and hosted by Jerry Lewis.  Millions of dollars are raised each year to help  fund research and patient support programs for the diseases labled as muscular dystrophy

It is celebrated by some as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer. 


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