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GrannyDancer's Holiday Home
~ Labor Day, USA ~ Celebration

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Rosie the Riveter
from a WWII poster


Women's Labor Links on the Web

BPW/USA
The leading advocacy for working women

International Association of Administrative Professionals

Short History of Labor Day in the United States


The first labor day parade marched through New York City's Union Square on Tuesday, Sept 5,1882. It was sponsored by the Central Labor Union of New York and included as many as 25,00 workers from 53 unions carrying banners that read:  8h for work, 8h for rest, 8h for recreation.

In 1894, twelve years later, the federal government made Labor Day (the first Monday in September) a federal public holiday. This holiday, which is the creation of the labor movement, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American workers.

Thanks to all laborers for contributions you have made to the prosperity, strength, and well-being of our country.

Awesome Cyber Cards

Surfing the Net with Kids: Labor Day

*this is one of my favorite poems, and it
celebrates the working-class folks in our country*

I Hear America Singing
("Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman, 1860)


I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be
.....blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves
.....off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck
.....hand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
.....as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the
.....morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work,
.....or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day--at night the party of young
.....fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.



Poet Laureate of the United States
Robert Pinsky's poem
"Shirt"



current labor statistics and information
can be found at

The Department of Labor

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Look for Celebrations

Labor Day Events Around the Web

Holiday Fun Page for Kids

As we celebrate the "official" end of Summer,
our thought turn to the start of school,
to football games, to raking leaves
and crisp, autumn nights...

 

It's time for one last trip to the beach,
one last family picnic before getting back
to the routine of school books and
gym sneakers...

Favorite local beaches sites are:

At the Beach
and
Lewes, Delaware

Enjoy the official end to
the Summer season!

Updated: June 27, 2006 
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