LABOR DAY TRIBUTE
Beginning in the late 19th century, as trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate the “laboring classes” represented by teachers, truck drivers, nurses, construction workers, electricians, firefighters, janitors, and train operators of the day. It was their strength and well-being – the true engine of the American work force – that leaders wanted to recognize.
Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union, who organized the first parade in New York City. By 1894 and years of bitter union strikes, Grover Cleveland signed it into law thus becoming a federal holiday, with thirty states officially celebrating it.
Diligent would like to continue the tradition and pay tribute to the productivity and achievements of American workers nationally. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial transition of summer into fall, at once a time to relax and to also prepare for upcoming harvests, homecomings and holidays.