Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. In 2010, Labor Day will fall on Sept. 6th.
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, probably organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary.
By 1893, more than half the states were observing a "Labor Day" on one day or another, and a bill to establish a federal holiday was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Labor Day honors the contributions of working men and women to America’s social and economic life.
In 1893, New York City workers took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square in support of a national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal troops were called into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against the Pullman railway company and two workers were shot and killed by U.S. deputy marshals.
In 1889, a workers’ congress in Paris voted to support the U.S. labor movement’s demand for an eight-hour workday.
24.3 minutes: The average time it takes to commute to work.
More Than 100 hours: The amount of time the average American spends commuting to work each year.
Of the 233 counties with populations of 250,000 or more, Queens (41.7 minutes), Richmond (41.3 minutes), Bronx (40.8 minutes) and Kings (39.7 minutes) - four of the five counties that comprise New York City - experienced the longest average commute-to-work times.
7.3 million workers who hold down more than one job.
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