Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans
By Paul Gorski
According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. … The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.”

This history was apparently news to some Rockford City Council members as they recently debated whether to issue a permit for this year’s Labor Day Parade. Yes, organized labor worked to create and sponsor the Labor Day holiday for more than 100 years...

Read the full article at:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/27/meet-john-doe-labor-unions-gave-us-labor-day-and-longer-life-spans/

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