2013-08-29 / Editorial

Labor Day rewards our hard work with day off

The first Monday in September is a national holiday that recognizes the contributions and achievements of the men and women of the United States work force. It is also seen as the unofficial end of summer, a time when children return to the classroom, football season begins and the soon-to-arrive fall heralds a winter ahead.

As we celebrate Labor Day, it is worth taking a moment to recall how the holiday was founded.

More than 100 years ago, American workers had formed labor unions to represent the individuals employed by the large corporations. It was a time when our nation began to realize that workers made a substantial contribution to the strength and freedom of our country. As with many of our national holidays, the labor day festivities were initially local celebrations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Oregon approved the first legislation honoring the accomplishments of workers in 1887. Other states followed, and by 1894, 23 additional states had recognized a labor day holiday. Later that same year, Congress made the first Monday in September the official national Labor Day holiday.

You have worked hard this past year. Relax, celebrate and enjoy the Labor Day holiday on Monday. But remember, it’s back to work on Tuesday.

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