The very first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. It was a parade planned by the Central Labor Union where 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to 42nd Street. Labor Day weekend typically signifies the unofficial end to summer. While many will be enjoying the three-day weekend, not all workers will be joining in on the fun.
A recent study revealed that 97% of employers will be giving Labor Day off to at least some of their employees, whether they’re full- or part-time workers. However, 41% of those businesses will still require some staff members to work on Labor Day.
Those most likely to be working on Labor Day are technical and security workers. The survey of more than 100 human resources and employee relations professionals revealed that 15% of employers are making their security or public-safety personnel and technical employees report to work on Labor Day.
In addition, 13% of the employers surveyed will have professional employees working Labor Day, 11% will have managers or supervisors on the clock, and 10% will have service and maintenance, sales, and customer service personnel report to work.
Larger businesses are those most likely to have some workers reporting for work on Labor Day. The research found that 80% of businesses with at least 1,000 employees will require at least some of them to work on Labor Day, compared to just 29% of small businesses.
Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882 in New York City. It wasn’t until three years later that the holiday spread to other industrial centers of the country.
Best Labor Day quotes
Without labor, nothing prospers.- Sophocles
Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation. – Samuel Gompers
Rules like ‘don’t wear white after Labor Day’ or ‘shoes matching the handbag’ are antiquated. Modern women should feel free to experiment. – Stacy London
Genius begins with great works; labor alone finishes them. – Joseph Joubert
Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. – James P. Hoffa
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. – Doug Larson
Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life. – Marc Chagall
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