Labor Day dates back to a time when we celebrated the labor movement and achievements of American workers who are the backbone and success of our free trade capitalist economic structure. Labor Day started in 1882 in New York City by a Labor Union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, but before that it was considered a “strike day” for the unions to get members an extra day off of work.
The laborers at that time were working an average of 70 hours per week, seven days a week. Work conditions were horrible, unhealthy, and unsafe in most factories; that is why and how unions formed. Our Labor Day National Holiday is built on the backs of those who came before us who would have stories to tell about a different time and different way to make a living. Most people just think of Labor Day as the last event of summer, but it is much more. Seems like there is always a case to be made for “the rest of the story.”