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Happy Labor Day from JMC!

September 2

Happy Labor Day from JMC! Tomorrow marks 141 years since the first Labor Day took place on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

The Central Labor Union of New York organized a parade of thousands of union members from all trades that culminated in a picnic for the members and their families. This form of celebration gained popularity across the country – by 1894, over 30 states had recognized Labor Day as a holiday. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law officially making the first Monday of September a national holiday.

In its earliest form, Labor Day consisted of street parades and picnics exhibiting the strength and number of local labor unions. Prominent citizens made speeches at these festivities, and the Sunday before Labor Day was often dedicated to the educational and spiritual element of the organized labor movement.


The Gleaners, Jean-François Millet, 1857

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer


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