Labor Day

I have not been one to participate in the Friday love-fest on Twitter or to post weekend salutations.

This weekend is a little different since it is Labor Day.  I remember being interested in the labor movement in college and writing a number of papers on the subject.

There is some debate about who first proposed a labor day holiday – Matthew Maquire, a machinist, or Peter McGuire an AFL labor leader.  Either way, Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1884 following the death of workers at the hands of US Marshals and the Military during the Pullman Strike – a nationwide railroad strike in the summer of 1894.

Labor Day has become associated with retail sales and picnics plus a three-day weekend.  I am off to enjoy mine and hope you do the same.


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