Where Does "Labor Day" Come From?

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    From the struggle workers wage against those (capitalists) who confuse labor with slavery.

    "The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation's first integrated major trade union.[1]

    "It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority.

    "Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike." (Labor Day - Wiki)

    Nothing could be further from the truth than saying capitalism has given US workers the highest standard of living in the world.

    It's labor's struggle against capital that produced the American standard of living and the holiday it celebrates.
     
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    Fuck Labor.

    We need Entrepreneurs Day instead.
     
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    According to the wife, it originated 15 years ago today.

    9 hours and a pitocin drip. :D
     
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    Do you think small business owners today have more in common with labor or Goldman Sachs?
     
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    I think it's a good idea to set aside a day to celebrate union leaders stealing, squandering, and otherwise spending the rank and file's hard earned dues dollars on things that don't benefit them. Keep giving your bucks to the fat cat union bosses. They've got expensive lifestyles that need supporting.
     
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    That you're even asking means we really truly desperately need Entrepreneurs Day. It should be studied starting in elementary schools
     
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    On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company swept through the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors of the factory. The bad news was New York's fire department didn't have ladders capable of reaching beyond the seventh floor.

    The really bad news was half of all New York's 500,000 workers spent all day (often 12 hours) working above the seventh floor level.

    According to the New York World (as found in Howard Zinn's The Twentieth Century pp.38-39):

    "...screaming men and women and boys and girls crowded out on the many window ledges and threw themselves into the streets far below.

    "They jumped with their clothing ablaze. The hair of some of the girls streamed up aflame as they leaped.

    "Thud after thud sounded on the pavements. It is a ghastly fact that on both the Greene Street and Washington Place sides of the building there grew mounds of the dead and dying..."

    Happy Labor Day.
     
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    Yeah, fuck workers!

    They're just useless parasites who suck down all Mr. Businessmans' profits for no good reason.
     
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    Is the minimum wage something you support?

    How about an eight hour work day?

    It isn't possible either would have come into existence without unions.
     
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    Exactly!

    And as soon as we finish with the workers...we're coming after all the damn MOTHERs...the really useless parasites.

    Happy Labor Day you Mothers and Others.
     

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