Celebrate May Day

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    May Day Strike of 1886
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    On May 1, 1886, 350,000 workers staged a nationwide work stoppage to demand the adoption of a standard eight-hour workday. Forty thousand workers struck in Chicago, Illinois; ten thousand struck in New York; eleven thousand struck in Detroit, Michigan. As many as thirty-two thousand workers struck in Cincinnati, Ohio, although some of these workers had been out on strike for several months before May 1.

    The purpose of the May Day Strike was to bring pressure on employers and state governments to create an eight-hour workday. During this period, workers commonly spent twelve or more hours of each day at work. Unions, especially the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada -- the predecessor of the American Federation of Labor, encouraged workers to strike on May 1, 1886, to demonstrate the need for an eight-hour day. The strike was to last a single day, although numerous workers remained away from their jobs for several weeks
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    Mayday! Mayday!
     
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    i remember mayday play day then the russians did something that they celebrate on may 1st and asshole like oddball are too afraid to continue what was a great holiday
     
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    Hey, donchaknow that only slackers work an eight-hour day.
     
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    Old and crusty a fossil as you are, the commies have celebrated International Workers' Day as for far longer than you've been around.
     
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    so do tell since you are what....3 years younger than me...but i love how you try to make yourself look so young and hip....

    carry on you sorry excuse for a pile of mal
     
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    How about you stop killing the messenger and prove Oddball wrong. :doubt:

    Its a Communist holiday plain and simple.... but then again, whats new about Democrats joining forces with them.
     
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    Yeah...And if it's one thing that the gulags were renowned for it's their excellent working conditions and generous pay/benefits packages! :thup:
     
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    the russian one started in 1917...may day was celebrated long before that...

    May 1
    Many of the customs associated with the first day of May may come from the old Roman Floralia, or festival of flowers. These include the gathering of branches and flowers on May Day Eve or early May Day morning, the choosing and crowning of a May Queen, and dancing around a bush, tree, or decorated pole, the maypole. The sports and festivities that are held on this day symbolize the rebirth of nature as well as human fertility. In fact, the ritual drinking and dancing around the maypole in colonial America so horrified the Pilgrim Fathers that they outlawed the practice and punished the offenders. This is probably why May Day has remained a relatively quiet affair in this country.


    May Day definition of May Day in the Free Online Encyclopedia.

    you have to do more than look at the first page of google
     

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