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Labor Day. 1 st Monday in September. How do we celebrate it?. President Bush gives an economic speech. East Tennesseans. Love Booms Day!!. And a little Football. Go Vols!!. The End of Summer. Sales on Labor Day…. Tourists, Business owners Alike Had Good Labor Day. A Day for Businesses.

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labor day

Labor Day

1st Monday in September

how do we celebrate it
How do we celebrate it?
  • President Bush gives an economic speech.
east tennesseans
East Tennesseans
  • Love Booms Day!!
sales on labor day

The End of Summer

Sales on Labor Day…
  • Tourists, Business owners Alike Had Good Labor Day
samuel gompers afl
Samuel Gompers: AFL
  • “Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”
1 st labor day
1st Labor Day???
  • Maybe started by Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the AFL???
  • He suggested a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and cared all the grandeur we behold.”
peter mcguire
Peter McGuire
  • The Father of Labor Day, of New York City, in 1882 introduced the idea for the holiday.
or matthew maguire a machinist
Or Matthew Maguire, a machinist
  • In 1882, a secretary for the Central Labor Union in N.Y.
1 st labor day1
1st Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in NYC.
in september 1892
In September 1892

union workers in New York City took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square in support of the holiday.

1884 the 1 st monday of sept
1884, the 1st Monday of Sept.
  • Is selected as the Holiday to honor workers.
1885 many celebrations
1885 Many celebrations
  • For the Workers
labor day legislation
Labor Day Legislation
  • 1885 began state legislation.
  • The 1st Bill passed was in Oregon1887.

Colorado, Mass. N.J., & N.Y followed.

president truman
President Truman
  • Famous Speech in Michigan
by the end of the 1880 s
By the end of the 1880’s
  • Connecticut, Nebraska, & Pennsylvania had followed.
  • By 1894 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers.
june 28 1894
June 28, 1894
  • Congress passed an act making the 1st Monday of September of each year a legal holiday..
a song union maid
A song: "Union Maid"
  • There once was a union maid; She never was afraid Of goons and ginks and company finks And the deputy sheriffs that made the raid. She went to the union hall When a meeting it was called, And when the company boys came 'round She always stood her ground.
waitresses at woolworth s
Waitresses at Woolworth's
  • staged an eight-day sitdown strike in 1937, singing, dancing, exercising, doing each others hair and nails until finally management recognized their union and gave them a five-cent per hour pay hike.
how to celebrate
How to celebrate?
  • Families gather….
parades to exhibit
Parades to exhibit
  • The strength & esprit de corps of the trade & labor organizations of the community.
followed by a festival
Followed by a festival
  • For the recreation & amusement of the workers & their families.
speeches by famous
Speeches by famous
  • Michigan March
the vital force of labor has
The vital force of labor has
  • Lead our nation to the highest standard of living & the greatest production the world has ever known.
the american worker
The American Worker
  • Earned the tribute of Labor Day…… for creating a nation of strength, leadership, and freedom.
almost a century since gompers spoke
Almost a century since Gompers spoke
  • Labor Day is seen as the last long weekend of summer rather than a day for political organizing.
in 1995 less than 15 percent
In 1995, less than 15 percent

of American workers belonged to unions, down from a high in the 1950's of nearly 50 percent, though nearly all have benefited from the victories of the Labor movement.

friends and families gather
Friends and families gather

and clog the highways, and the picnic grounds, and their own backyards -- and bid farewell to summer.