Celebrating Labor Day

In Health, Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

The History of Labor Day September 4, 2017 is Labor Day! While many see it simply as another day off, or the kids’ first day off after school starts, the day is actually one of civic significance. Beginning in the 1880’s, there was a national movement amongst labor unions which sought recognition, better treatment, improved working conditions, and laws to regulate employers. This movement consisted of demonstrations, parades, and worker strikes. In May 1894, there was a national railroad worker’s strike, which would come to be known as the Pullman Strike. In response to a reduction in wages, workers for a railway car company effectively shut down half of the country’s rail line, leading to a show of force by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marshall’s Office. The devastating …