This Labor Day, JDC Consultancy would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for choosing us to write your immigration business plan, and the immigration attorneys who recommend our services. We hope you take this holiday, which is celebrated on the first Monday of each September, to step away from work and reflect on the events and sacrifices that made Labor Day possible.
Often called “the working man’s holiday”, Labor Day commemorates the workers during the late 19th Century who rose up against exploitative labor practices, unionized, and held demonstrations, picnics, and other events to demand fair pay, safer working conditions, benefits, and an eight-hour workday. On September 5, 1882, over 10,000 protesters marched from New York City Hall to Union Square, which became known as the first Labor Day parade in history. From its first proposal, Labor Day was intended as a celebration, to be observed with a parade to demonstrate “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the American people, to be followed by a boisterous festival with amusements fit for the entire family. At the beginning, however, these demonstrations were sometimes ill-fated, like the Haymarket Riot in 1886 which ended in the deaths of several Chicago protesters and police officers.
Events reached their peak on June 26, 1894, when The American Railroad Union forced the cessation of nationwide railroad traffic by boycotting Pullman Railroad Cars. The Federal Government responded by sending troops to Chicago to disperse the protests, which incited a wave of riots, known as the Pullman Strike, and resulted in the death of over a dozen workers. In an attempt to make amends, President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day as a national holiday just six days after the strike ended.
Today, Labor Day has taken on a decidedly more light-hearted tone. Many workers in the United States are able to enjoy a three-day weekend, during which they can participate in a vast range of events held nationwide. Whether they prefer cheering on their favorite sports team, attending a convention or concert, enjoying a seaside retreat, or even just spending time with friends and family at a picnic or barbecue, US workers are able to take full advantage of their extra time off the job and enjoy a well-earned break. Parades are held all across the United States, reminiscent of the march held on the very first Labor Day. The day is intended to celebrate the efforts of American workers, who form the true backbone of the nation’s economic success and its spiritual core.
For modern Americans, Labor Day Weekend is often viewed as summer’s last hurrah, signalling the kids returning to school and the onset of chilly autumn weather. It is important to remember that Labor Day is not just about picnics and parades; it is evidence of American willpower to create a better world for future generations, and a safe, fair job environment for every worker.
JDC Consultancy thanks you for allowing us to help you realize your dreams to live and work in the United States, and hope that you enjoy your Labor Day and that you are able to take a break from working hard to enjoy this historic holiday with your family and friends.