What Does Labor Day Mean To You?

It’s labor day here and what does it mean?

The Labor Day holiday grew out of the late 19th century organized labor movement, and it quickly became a national holiday as the labor movement grew in American society.

Are you celebrating your work or glad you don’t have to go to work today?

Today is a day off for many people but as an entrepreneur I am working my business every day. I do a little something or study a new idea or read a good book even on holidays.

And my coach says since I have extra time today why not do a two hour training session. So I rode and ran today because training doesn’t take a day off.

So what are you doing make your labor skills “Better”?

Are you working on your skills to make yourself a more valuable worker?

Now I’m not saying don’t enjoy the holiday and have a bar-b-que with your family and friends.

Some interesting facts about Labor Day:

The idea first became public in 1882. In September 1882, the unions of New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions, and to show support for all unions. There was also a lot of beer involved in the event.

The New York parade inspired other unions. Other regions started having their own parades, and by 1887, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Colorado made Labor Day a state holiday.

Two people with similar names are credited with that first New York City event. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and Peter McGuire, a carpenter, have been linked to the 1882 parade.

Grover Cleveland helped make Labor Day a national holiday.

The holiday has evolved over the years. It also marks the perceived end of the summer season..

But Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.

How many people are union members today? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 14.6 million union members in 2014. There were 17.7 million in 1983.

What is the biggest union today? The National Education Association has about 3 million members who are members, including inactive and lifetime members.