Labor Day 2019

Today is Labor Day throughout the US and its territories where we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of workers. On the first Monday of September we honor the labor and union movements (if you work 40 hours or less a week, please thank a union member for that benefit) and the role all workers have made to the strength and well-being of the nation. For many of us, we have the day off and frequently welcome in the new school year along with the beginning of football season this time of year. Labor Day is often thought of as the unofficial end of summer with BBQ get-togethers often being a frequent pastime as well as gobs of retail sales events.

Labor Day

A brief history of Labor Day shows that as the trade and labor movements began to grow, calls for a day commemorating workers’ contributions were proposed. Colorado has long been progressive on social issues like this and was one of the first five states to enact legislation recognizing Labor Day. Oregon was the first to officially make it a public holiday back in 1887. Labor Day became a national holiday in the U.S. in 1894. Our Canadian friends also celebrate “Labour Day” on the first Monday in September.

But life in the labor movement wasn’t all roses and candy. After the deaths of workers during the Pullman Strike of 1894, Congress unanimously approved legislation making Labor Day a national holiday. President  Grover Cleveland signed the law into effect shortly after the end of the strike to recognize all workers and their efforts and contribution to the nation.

Whatever you do today, please keep all those in the path of Hurricane Dorian in your thoughts and prayers. We are hoping for their safety.

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43 thoughts on “Labor Day 2019

  1. Kali thinks that digging holes in the lawn constitutes “labor” and she should be recognized for her contribution to society instead of being scolded for it.

    1. Not so sure about that but I like to share a bit of background info. Growing up in a union family I knew to be grateful for those who came before me. 😍

    1. It’s a nice way to start out the week with a day off. Happy Labour Day to our northern fur-iends.

  2. I love the picture you chose – what a cutie!! Happy Labor Day!
    We are definitely keeping those in the hurricane path in our prayers.

  3. It was May day for us…but I’m happy to celebrate the workers of the world on any day!
    I worked with the unions for years and appreciate all they have done for ordinary people.
    Now, what about a union for dogs…? I have eight potential shop stewards here who are united in their belief that a BBQ would be a good start.

    1. Eight? My goodness, I knew you had a pack, but I think you’ve got the makings for a cricket team! Here’s to the workers of the world…whether they have 2 or 4 legs.

    1. Enjoy the non-labouring. Hopefully there’s a bit of ‘pooling’ involved for you before having to work.

    1. Oregon has been a leader on progressive on issues like that. Take another bow on their behalf!

  4. A wonderful look at the history of this holiday Monday!

    And yes, we should all keep those who are in the path of Hurricane Dorian in our thoughts and prayers. Indeed.

    1. The devastation in the Bahamas is heartbreaking. Thankfully they won’t have to wait for a truculent president/Congress to help once the wind dies down.

        1. That’s their good luck, don’t you think? Given how the government feels about Caribbean islands. 😈

  5. it is a little bittersweet to know that the summer is over … and I always have the episode of Serial Mom with wearing white shoes after labor day in my mind LOL Have a good labor day monday..

    1. Today is forecast to be in triple digits so I’m not quite as nostalgic to keep the same ongoing. Luckily that whole white prohibition after Labor Day went out the window. Now only slobbery dogs dictate whether I can wear white these days. 🤣

    2. Thankful that my brother is not affected by this storm insofar as evacuation is concerned; but concerned for all those who are being affected and keeping them in our prayers.

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