Celebrating Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, for those of you in the United States and Canada.  Labor Day is a creation of the Labor Movement in the late 19th century and honors American workers. When you think about the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, the average American was working 12-hours a day and seven-days a week in order to earn a meager living. Five and Six year old children were often forced to work in factories and mills. 

Long hours, unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, and poor treatment by management, forced labor unions to organize and workers began holding strikes and protest rallies.  American voices were heard.

Over time, more and more states created the Labor Day holiday and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday of September a legal holiday, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

If you're fortunate enough to have the day off, as not everyone does, relax and take a moment of silence to thank the hardworking men, women and children from the late 1800’s for their efforts to create the much improved working conditions we now have.  

To workers everywhere Happy Labor Day!

Thank you so much for joining us today!

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Inspired by Lisa Quast, contributor to Forbes.

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