The first Monday in September has Labor Day rolling around once again. It’s a holiday that many of us look forward to just to get a break from work. There are many people who are still laboring on this day. Depending on the company I’ve worked for in the past, I’ve been one of them many different times. It makes me appreciate working for a company where I can have an extra day to catch my breath and restart my batteries. It got me to thinking though. I really didn’t know much about this day until I looked up how it got started.
“The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Following the deaths of 13 workers during the Pullman Strike in June of 1894, President Grover Cleveland made reconciliation with the labor movement a top political priority, and Labor Day become a federal holiday in 1894.
During the major economic depression of the early 1890s, the Pullman Palace Car Company cut wages in its factories. Discontented workers joined the American Railway Union (ARU), led by Eugene V. Debs, which supported their strike by launching a boycott of all Pullman cars on all railroads. ARU members across the nation refused to switch Pullman cars onto trains. When these switchmen were disciplined, the entire ARU struck the railroads on June 26, 1894. Within four days, 125,000 workers on twenty-nine railroads had quit work rather than handle Pullman cars.
The strike was broken up by United States Marshals and some 2,000 United States Army troops, sent in by President Grover Cleveland on the premise that the strike interfered with the delivery of U.S. mail. During the strike, 13 workers were killed and 57 were wounded.” This information was taken directly from https://www.unionplus.org/page/labor-day-history.
That means that we’ve been observing this holiday for over 100 years. Every job that is out there requires some type of effort and labor. Some positions are more stressful and tedious than others but no matter what a person does to provide for themselves or their families, there is a level of stress that is carried. This Labor Day, I hope that you are able to deviate from the stress and allow some time for yourselves along with your families. I hope the weather stays wonderful and that work is far from your mind. If you have to work, I hope that you know you are appreciated, even if it doesn’t feel that way sometimes. And I truly hope that this day is filled with peace, unconditional blessings, and many wonderful surprises. Have a wonderful Labor Day everyone!