May your Labor Day be one of celebration, remembrance, and sharing and caring!
The History of Labor Day http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm
The Real Maguire - Who Actually Invented Labor Day? http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history-maguire.htm , and a hat tip to New Jersey:
According to the New Jersey Historical Society, after President Cleveland signed into law the creation of a national Labor Day, The Paterson (N.J.) Morning Call published an opinion piece entitled, "Honor to Whom Honor is Due," which stated that "the souvenir pen should go to Alderman Matthew Maguire of this city, who is the undisputed author of Labor Day as a holiday." This editorial also referred to Maguire as the "Father of the Labor Day holiday."
All in all, the DOL site gives a pretty good compilation of things for us to look at and read about, and a chance to reflect on where we've been personally and as a nation regarding our work history and the labor movement itself.
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