Labor Day

Labor Day

So few people really know why we celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. Ask around.

From the U.S. Department of Labor: 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.

More interesting (according to History.com): The first Labor Day parade (10,000 marching workers) was in New York City in 1882 (sparked by Canada's earlier labor celebrations). It took 12 years before Congress made it a federal holiday (in what mostly appears to be an effort by President Cleveland to alleviate tension after a poorly handled effort to end a strike by railway workers that year … read that story by PBS).

Terkel’s thought above is from his book ‘Working’. It’s an oral history of "people talking about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do".

Enjoy a couple quick audio clips from two of the interviews … Terry the 14-year-old paperboy and Dolores the waitress.

Smile & Move. Be happy. Do great work. Get the book.

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