Why Labor Day? The “Working-man’s Holiday”

Why do we have “Labor Day”?

According to the Department of Labor:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

I took on the task to write about Labor Day because I think it is a worthy holiday. It’s important to me personally, because I’ve spent decades actually laboring. After getting a B.A. from the University of Iowa, I returned to the construction industry as it was what I knew.

I grew up an Iowa farm kid. Farm kids learn how to shovel crap, quite literally. They also work in poor conditions for low pay, but surprisingly, it is an awesome way to grow up. My Dad also ran…



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