Monday, September 06, 2010

Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

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.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.


scary mary said...

Good day, Dr.Ralph. Not that it makes any differance, but I'm spending Labor Day at Casa
Romantica overloloking the Pier Bowl. I wanted to go to Lookout Resturant at Elsinor but The Ortega scares the dickens out of me.

gerry lopez said...

Why ih hell are they showing a Culver City house on this Blog anyways?

Dr. Ralph said...

Get over your fears Mary. The Ortega is just another road that leads to a destination.

damn bloody mary said...

Aloha Dr.Ralph. I'm Scary Mary's much younger sister, Bloody Mary. If you ever make it out here to the Elsinore end of 74, stop in to the Lookout Cafe, I'll buy you a triple 151 with an Everclear floater.

ramona from pamona said...

Well studs, I've been out there, and it's no place for beach peep.

Pasowitzzz said...

Single wide. Nice

straight off adolph said...

PASSOWITZ, you damn tooting', that's a gotdamn trailer house alright. And it's got a swamp cooler on it.

grim, reaper said...

Sad news! Yesterday we lost a long time Club member because of his drowning. There will be an ongoing search for his bloatesd corpse which was seen drifting toward the power plant. Rather than flowers and votive candles, send donations to the San Onofre Volleyball Association.

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