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Title: Labor Day


1
Labor Day
  • 1st Monday in September

2
How do we celebrate it?
  • President Bush gives an economic speech.

3
East Tennesseans
  • Love Booms Day!!

4
And a little Football
  • Go Vols!!

5
Sales on Labor Day
The End of Summer
  • Tourists, Business owners Alike Had Good Labor
    Day

6
A Day for Businesses
  • Big Sales !!

7
The Workingmens Holiday
  • Lead by Unions

8
Samuel Gompers AFL
  • Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead,
    to no sect, race, or nation.

9
1st Labor Day???
  • Maybe started by Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of
    the AFL???
  • He suggested a day to honor those who from rude
    nature have delved and cared all the grandeur we
    behold.

10
Peter McGuire
  • The Father of Labor Day, of New York City, in
    1882 introduced the idea for the holiday.

11
Or Matthew Maguire, a machinist
  • In 1882, a secretary for the Central Labor Union
    in N.Y.

12
1st Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in NYC.

13
In September 1892
  • union workers in New York City took an unpaid
    day off and marched around Union Square in
    support of the holiday.

14
1884, the 1st Monday of Sept.
  • Is selected as the Holiday to honor workers.

15
1885 Many celebrations
  • For the Workers

16
Labor Day Legislation
  • 1885 began state legislation.
  • The 1st Bill passed was in Oregon1887.
  • Colorado, Mass. N.J., N.Y followed.

17
President Truman
  • Famous Speech in Michigan

18
By the end of the 1880s
  • Connecticut, Nebraska, Pennsylvania had
    followed.
  • By 1894 23 other states had adopted the holiday
    in honor of workers.

19
June 28, 1894
  • Congress passed an act making the 1st Monday of
    September of each year a legal holiday..

20
A song "Union Maid"
  • There once was a union maid She never was
    afraid Of goons and ginks and company finks And
    the deputy sheriffs that made the raid. She went
    to the union hall When a meeting it was called,
    And when the company boys came 'round She
    always stood her ground.

21
Waitresses at Woolworth's
  • staged an eight-day sitdown strike in 1937,
    singing, dancing, exercising, doing each others
    hair and nails until finally management
    recognized their union and gave them a five-cent
    per hour pay hike.

22
How to celebrate?
  • Families gather.

23
Parades to exhibit
  • The strength esprit de corps of the trade
    labor organizations of the community.

24
Followed by a festival
  • For the recreation amusement of the workers
    their families.

25
Speeches by famous
  • Michigan March

26
The vital force of labor has
  • Lead our nation to the highest standard of living
    the greatest production the world has ever
    known.

27
The American Worker
  • Earned the tribute of Labor Day for creating a
    nation of strength, leadership, and freedom.

28
Almost a century since Gompers spoke
  • Labor Day is seen as the last long weekend of
    summer rather than a day for political
    organizing.

29
In 1995, less than 15 percent
  • of American workers belonged to unions, down from
    a high in the 1950's of nearly 50 percent, though
    nearly all have benefited from the victories of
    the Labor movement.

30
Friends and families gather
  • and clog the highways, and the picnic grounds,
    and their own backyards -- and bid farewell to
    summer.
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