For visitors from outside the United States, next Monday is Labor Day and Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of summer holiday.
Along with almost every other business, the traditional publishing industry definitely observes (and unofficially extends) the weekend holiday, so blogging material from that source will be a little scarce.
Labor Day was originally promoted by different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. major labor unions in the late 19th century to celebrate labor and the men (and later women) who worked, usually at manual labor, for their living.
The first large Labor Day parade was held on September 5, 1882, in New York City. The Central Labor Union (CLU) and the American Federation of Labor (AFL) both pushed for a national holiday. In 1887, Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a state holiday. It became a federal holiday in 1894, following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894 in Chicago.
The Labor Movement of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has largely exhausted itself in the United States and the percentage of workers belonging to non-governmental unions has experienced a long decline.
While he’s not a fan of what many of the labor unions have become, PG appreciates some of the songs that reflect an earlier time when the Labor Movement was a vital and growing populist phenomenon.