History Lesson: What is Labor Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

You can't wear white after Labor Day - everyone knows that! 

But did you know that Labor Day is among the top 5 paid holidays given by employers?

What is Labor Day? Why is it important? 

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. 

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make basic ends meet. Despite child labor laws, children were still forced to work at fractional wages in order to help support their families. Working conditions were unsafe with no regulations for breaks and sanitary facilities. 

Fed up with this environment, labor unions started to form and organize protests to compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay - notably the 10,000...

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