Thursday, September 3, 2009

What does Labor Day mean to you?

Getting Ready for Labor Day...

Did you know that Labor Day has its roots back to Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City? During this era, it was common for people to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week. Working conditions were poor. On that Tuesday, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square to bring attention to the plight of workers. The event continued the next few years, and started to spread to other cities. Twevle years later, congress declared the 1st Monday in September as Labor Day. has a nice little article about the roots of labor day.

The labor movement has arich and colorful history in Northern Minnesota. One of the most interstinng stories is the Strike of 1916. It's important that we understand the the "weekend has been brought to you by the labor movement", but we really want to get to know how you honor and celebrate labor day weekend.

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