Sep 5, 2011
The first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American Worker. Remember that 'back in the day' it was a 12 hour day, 7 days a week. And 5 and 6 year olds were toiling in the factories. No OSHA, no toilet breaks, no breaks. It was essentially China. Then, there was Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago. Today, the Working Man's Holiday has parades, BBQ's and picnics, but is more of an 'end of summer' celebration, and a signal to the start of school rather than a celebration of the labor movement.