Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

August 29, 2014

Hard work is the backbone of our country’s success and greatness. As the United States Department of Labor (DOL) says, “It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on [Labor] Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership—the American worker.”

Since September 5, 1882, Labor Day has been observed to honor the achievements of our workers. However, this has not been without challenges. For over 100 years, our workers have had to fight for their rights. Social progress has been made, but there remains a lot more that can be done to protect them.

Who Was the Founder of Labor Day?

There is still debate as to who first proposed the idea of having a holiday in honor of our workers. Some believe that Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners was responsible for starting the idea. Yet others contend that a machinist named Mathew Maguire was the founder.

Although there is no agreement on who founded Labor Day, we can agree that both men wanted the same thing: to honor the American workforce, “who from rude nature have delved and carved all of the grandeur we behold,” said McGuire.

At McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, P.A., we are proud to assist the workers who have given our country so much. Today workers have many rights, but they are only good if they have someone fighting for them. We believe it is our duty to represent these people.

During this Labor Day weekend, please take time to thank the people who contribute mightily to our country. Most importantly, have a fun and safe holiday!

Source: http://usgovinfo.about.com/bllabor.htm

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