Happy Labor Day!

Summer is winding down, school is starting up, and the outdoor pools are closing! Hello, Labor Day! But where did this national holiday come from? Why is “Labor” Day a day of rest? The history of Labor Day is actually quite interesting.

Back when the Industrial Revolution was going strong, American laborers were paying the price. Some people had to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week, just to make a living! Young children also contributed to the work force. Some were just 5 years old!

As labor unions began to rise, strikes and rallies were used to protest work conditions. One such strike, led by the American Railroad Union, effectively halted all railway traffic. Troops were sent in to break up the strike, but many people died in the ensuing riots. Finally, in 1894, Labor Day became a national holiday. Workers’ rights were being brought to light, and this national day of rest was a small victory in a long fight.

Now, in an age of increasing awareness regarding worker’s rights and how happiness at work can affect profitability, Labor Day is a welcome day off to spend with family. Enjoy that crisp, September air with a family picnic. Happy Labor Day!

All credit to: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day