The first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City under the direction of that city’s Central Labor Council, when a one day strike was called. All striking workers (10,000 plus) were expected to march in a parade and then eat and drink at a giant picnic afterwards. The founders (CLC) were looking for two things a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time with the Labor Day Holiday.
It took worker unrest to have Labor Day recognized as a national holiday. One being the Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886 where blood of workers were spilled and lives lost. Shortly after the crippling strike of the Pullman porters in 1894, with more blood shed and deaths of workers, Labor Day was made a National Holiday by President Cleveland.
“The Teamsters Union and all of Organized Labor is the back bone of America. We have to be proud of who we are, engage our members, the unorganized, and our communities about the true meaning of Labor.”
Happy Labor Day
James “Curb” Curbeam