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Labor Day
September 3, 2012*
(1st Monday in September)

Labor Day is a US Federal Holiday celebrating America's labor force. It is a time to honor the contribution American workers have made to the health and well-being of the nation, and a reminder about the importance of ensuring the economic, health and social well-being of individual workers. It is a time to reflect on the basic right of workers to earn a livable wage and to work in safe conditions.

Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City. The idea of a workingman's holiday spread quickly throughout the country as the labor movement grew, and in 1894 Labor Day became a national holiday, celebrated on the first Monday in September.

Most of the rest of the world celebrates May 1 as a day dedicated to workers.


The International Labor Organization is the UN specialized agency which works to protect workers' rights throughout the world. Founded in 1919, it is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which created the League of Nations.

See Also: Workers' Day - May 1

 

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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about historical labor leaders, labor leaders and ongoing labor injustices.

2. Hold an event to raise awareness about sweatshops and other violations of workers' rights.

3. Support organizations working to defend workers' rights.

LINKS

History of Labor Day

AFL-CIO
AFSCME
Fair Labor Association
International Labour Organization
Jobs With Justice
LaborNet
Labour Resources in the UN System

Labour Start
National Labor Committee
US Department of Labor

LABOR Quotes

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Labor Day-1st Mon in Sept


Grace Abbott

John Peter Altgeld

Mary Anderson

Susan B. Anthony

Grace Lee Boggs

Charlotte Bunch

Jimmy Carter

John Cavanagh

Cesar Chavez

Shirley Chisholm

Noam Chomsky

John R. Commons

Bill Cosby

Angela Davis

Eugene V. Debs

Frederick Douglass

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Indira Gandhi

Janeane Garofalo

Samuel Gompers

Joe Hill

Robert G. Ingersoll

Molly Ivins

Mary Jones

Marjorie Kelly

John F. Kennedy

Martin Luther King, Jr.

John Lennon

John L. Lewis

Abraham Lincoln

John Locke

George Meany

David A. Morse

Holly Near

Frances Perkins

Utah Phillips

Wendell Phillips

Bonnie Raitt

A. Philip Randolph

Ocean Robbins

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Aruna Roy

Juan Somavia

Barbra Streisand

H. G. Wells

Woodrow Wilson

Frank Lloyd Wright

Howard Zinn

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