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Workers Unite & Enjoy That Day Off: The Backstory on Labor Day

And now for something completely different…

If you’ve been working hard the whole year, it’s time to enjoy a break on Monday!

Here are some facts you may not know about Labor Day, courtesy of the Department of Labor:

  • The first recognition for Labor Day by the government was passed in 1885 and 1886.
  • The first state bill was introduced to New York whereas the first state law was issued in Oregon in 1887.
  • Individual states observed the holiday by legislative enactment such as Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Soon thereafter, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania were on board, too.
  • Sensing a trend, 23 additional states observed the holiday by 1894 to honor workers.
  • On June 28 that year, Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
  • For the scoop on the history surrounding the founders themselves, check out our post from last year.
And in the spirit of the holiday, we’re logging off now. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily hope you are logging off, too.
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