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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a day to celebrate the social and economic contributions of workers.  It also symbolizes the end of summer.  The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.  In 1884 the holiday was switched to the first Monday in September, and the Central Labor Union of New York encouraged labor groups in other cities to also celebrate workers on that day.  In 1894 Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday.  To find out more about the history of Labor Day go to the U.S. Department of Labor website: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm .

To find books in the library on the labor movement look under the following subject headings:  Labor Movement United States, and Labor Unions United States.  To find information about workers try these subject headings:  Labor United States, and Working Class United States.  Enjoy the holiday!

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Posted by: Tami

Tami is a librarian at the Corte Madera Library.

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