Labor Day

Labor Day was established in celebration of the social and economic achievements credited to American workers. Labor Day honors the United State’s strength, prosperity and well-being by giving tribute to the workers throughout the nation.

Just who first proposed the holiday is a mystery, according to the US Department of Labor. The dispute has two camps.

This first believes that Peter J McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor should be credited with having first suggested a day to honor workers.

The other faction believes that Matthew McGuire, a machinist, who served as secretary of the Central labor Union in New York, proposed the holiday in 1882. Coincidentally, the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882.

The holiday was then moved to the first Monday in 1884 and after many states adopted the commemoration, Congress finally passed an act designating it as a legal holiday in 1894. (Submitted by Herb)

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