Labor Day 2019 – Why We Celebrate Here in the States

By Robert Mark on September 2nd, 2019

Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a day when we celebrate the hard-working men and women union members who actually do the work to create goods and services. Their efforts seldom win the praise of CEOs or Dow Jones, but they are necessary none-the-less.

The first Monday in September is “Labor Day” in the United States. For many, the holiday symbolizes the end of Summer, but it is really intended to celebrate the American worker. The exact origin of Labor Day is the subject of some dispute, but it seems to have been originally proposed in 1882. Over the following years, a number of states celebrated Labor Day.

Finally, in 1894, the U.S. Congress passed legislation creating Labor Day as a national holiday.

In the recording below, originally published in 2010, Rob Mark talks about the history of Labor Day and his own role in labor unions, including the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike, the rise of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the Airline Pilots Association (APA).

Click here to listen: Airplane Geeks Episode 212.5 – Labor Day

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