labor day holiday 300KENTUCKY (9/2/13) – Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day celebrates and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It also constitutes a yearly national tribute to all the contributions workers have made to the prosperity, strength and well-being of our country.
Created by the labor movement that took place in the late 19th century, Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. In the late 1800s, at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week in order to live a basic life.
Despite state restrictions, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled mills, factories and mines across the United States and earned a fraction of what an adult made.
On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from the City Hall to Union Square in New York City, making it the first Labor Day parade.
However, it wasn’t until May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. This brought the worker’s rights into public viewing. By June of 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday of September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Today, over 100 years after the first observance, there is still some doubt on who really proposed the holiday for American workers. Labor Day is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events; Labor Day also marks the end of summer to many Americans.
Amber Averitt
SurfKY News your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4850

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4733

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 4085

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3781

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3244

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13386

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11452

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 08, 2015 1382

Madisonville Police Department Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 1229

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 1176

Local Pastor's Son Filming Documentary about…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 898

Work Zone Lane Restriction on Pennyrile Pkwy Set…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 798

Democratic Candidate for Governor Jack Conway…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 787

Registration for Free 'Project Hire Kentucky'…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 747

Travis Ipox Appointed as New Agency Manager of…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 696

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 622

Guns - Stopping That One Person

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 616

UPDATE: Mortons Gap Boil Water Advisory Lifted

by SurfKY News