September 3, 2015

Brief History of Labor Day

Labor Day in the United States was created to celebrate the American Labor Movement and has been dedicated to the workers, the social and economic achievements of the workers and unions. This movement started the effort to reduce the workload from 12-16 hour days to the standard eight-hour working days which are now more common.  The objective was to leave more time for leisure forms of recreation, and eight hours for rest time. 

While Labor Day is celebrated in various countries around the world, for Canada and United States, it is celebrated the first Monday of September.  It is often viewed as the “unofficial” end of summer and beginning of the new school year. 

In the United States, Labor Day is a Federal holiday. In Canada, it has been celebrated since it began as a small parade in Toronto in the 1880s. The co-founder of American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, spoke at a Labor Festival in Toronto Canada in July 1882. McGuire started the United States Labor Day parades in New York City on July 1894.

Labor Day was started by workers and unions concerned about being taken for granted and made to work long, hard hours. The holiday shows respect for all hard-working employees and organizations. 

Now that Labor Day has passed, you should be thinking about getting your home ready for fall rainstorms and perhaps snowy weather. Getting in touch with a local business, such as gutter companies, is very important for installing gutter guards. Gutter guards are important for almost all types of buildings, and fall is a great time to review your home for repairs and upgrades.  Gutter guards can be an important addition to that effort.  

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