When Labor Day was orig­i­nally pro­posed by the Cen­tral Labor Union of New York back in 1882, its real pur­pose was to serve as a trib­ute to the work­ing class — the men and women whose phys­i­cal, and largely man­ual, labor had built the country
First Labor Day Parade PhiladelphiaAt a time when too many peo­ple are unem­ployed, Labor Day also can remind us that hav­ing a job — whether white or blue-collar, man­age­r­ial or admin­is­tra­tive, bureau­cratic or entre­pre­neur­ial — is a pre­cious thing. We should not take it for granted, but cel­e­brate that we have the oppor­tu­nity to “labor” (and to barbecue).

What is the mean­ing of Labor Day for you?


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