Labor Day 2017

WHAT IS LABOR DAY?

Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker.

The date chosen was simply “convenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season—and the start of the school year.

As summer draws to a close and schools prepare to open their doors again, Labor Day comes around like a sweet salve to workers in the United States.

Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is one of just 10 federal holidays in the United States and pays tribute to the American workers movement.

But while it is celebrated in modern times with BBQs, holidays and sales shopping, the holiday has a bloody history and came out of a long battle for workers’ rights in the country.

LABOR DAY DATES: WHEN IS LABOR DAY?

Year Labor Day
2017 Monday, September 4
2018 Monday, September 3
2019 Monday, September 2

 

May-Stringer Statue

Here are some of the best quotes, sayings, remembrances to celebrate the workers’ holiday and the unofficial end of summer:

“While we are fighting for freedom, we must see, among other things, that labor is free.” – – Woodrow Wilson

“As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.” — Elizabeth Esty

“Without labor nothing prospers.” –Sophocles

“For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal, and the communities we love.” – – Randi Weingarten

“To find joy in work is to find the fountain of youth.” –Pearl S. Buck

“The dignity of labor depends not on what you do, but how you do it.” – –   Edwin Osgood Grover

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – – Elbert Hubbard

“All wealth is the product of labor.” – – John Lock

“Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.” – – Samuel Gompers

“Nothing will work unless you do.” –Maya Angelou

“God sells us all things at the price of labor.” – – Leonardo da Vinci

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

“Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.” – – Daniel Webster

“Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” – –  Abraham Lincoln

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.” – – Doug Larson

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Labor Day - a day set aside to honor the contributions of the American worker - is today, Sept. 4, 2017.
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