Labor Day Born in Struggle of Workers

Americans are more likely to think of Labor Day as an end-of-summer day than as a day associated with the 1886 Chicago Haymarket Massacre when workers died in a general labor strike for the eight hour workday.

Oregon was the first state to establish Labor Day one year later in 1887.

Seven years later in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday following the deaths of American workers during the Pullman Strike.  President Cleveland hoped to quell further disturbance.

Thirty states had already established Labor Day as a holiday.

Labor Day is much more than the end of summer.  Every worker needs to know. Pass it on.