I hope everyone had a great Labor Day!

Today was Labor Day in the US, the [un]official end of summer: sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? (Hey, I went for the sales myself. Didn’t find anything, but I went!) But what Labor Day is actually about is the “labor” in “organized labor”–you know, labor unions. A day for workers to rest, yes, but

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day!

Today is Labor Day in the US, the [un]official end of summer: sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? But also what today is about is the “labor” in “organized labor”–you know, labor unions. Image from US Dept. of Labor In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the

Happy Long Holiday Weekend!

Today is Labor Day in the US, the [un]official end of summer–sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? But also what today is about is the “labor” in “organized labor.” Image from US Dept. of Labor In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day!

Labor Day–that’s the [un]official end of summer in the US–sales, barbecues, flags and fun, right? Actually, what today is about is “Labor” as in organized labor. In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day the day for which the toilers in past centuries

Happy Labor Day!

That would be “Labor” as in organized labor–you know, like in labor unions. In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day the day for which the toilers in past centuries looked forward, when their rights and their wrongs would be discussed…that the workers

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer in the US, sales, barbecues, flags and fun! But…what is it that we’re celebrating, anyway? Well, the “Labor” here is organized labor. In 1898 (four years after Labor Day became a federal holiday), Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor Day the day for which the toilers

Happy Labor Day!

Yep, yep–Labor Day, end of summer, sales, barbecues, get-in-all-the-fun-before-school-starts, is here! Well, that’s not exactly how it started out. Labor Day, New York, 1882, Wikimedia Commons Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, in an attempt to appease the labor movement in the US. In 1898, Samuel Gompers, head of the AFL, called Labor