We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with fun, family, friends and good food. Many people think of Labor Day as an extended weekend that marks the end of summer; the last chance to jump in the swimming pool or have a backyard barbeque. Oh, and don’t you dare get caught wearing white after Labor Day. These are a few things we associate with the holiday, but what was its original intent?
The History of Labor Day
The first nationally observed Labor Day occurred in 1894 and was founded by either Matthew Maguire or Peter McGuire (there’s still some debate today as to who founded this holiday for workers). The holiday was created to celebrate America’s workforce. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
Why It’s Important Today
Today, Labor Day serves as a reminder to all the struggles the American workforce has won and the ones that lie ahead. In the past, American workers fought for a two-day break that is now known as the weekend. Today, workers are still fighting for things such as minimum wage increases, union rights and closing the gender wage gap. Some change is slow to come but looking back on history, it’s clear that big strides are being made.
We hope you were able to take Labor Day to reflect on all of the great work you provide for both your company and this nation. Small business owners and startup companies have stepped up in recent years and their entrepreneurial spirits have not gone unnoticed.
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