Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

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.

Lavinia Waight and Louise Mitchell 
In 1825, two seamstresses formed the first all-women's labor union, the United Tailoresses of New York, to protest 16-hour days that did not guarantee a living wage. Women shoemakers and textile workers began to strike across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania through the 1830s in protest of declining wages and twelve-hour days.


  1. Hurray for those who set the path before we we were born. Happy Labo(u)r Day.

  2. We owe so much to the early ground-breakers, many whose names are unremembered by history. Here's to everyone who made a difference.