Sad Story Behind Labor Day

By: auburn, 5:59 PM GMT on August 29, 2009

For most of us, Labor Day means backyard barbecues, weekend sales, and a last carefree day before school starts. But the laid-back holiday has some seriously sad history, including chaos, riots, and even death. Let us explain.

A tragic tale
Back in the days of the Industrial Revolution, workers were expected to put in 12-hour days, seven days a week (yes, including kids). Already sounds awful, right? It gets worse. In Pullman, Illinois, a company town that employed and housed workers to build posh railway cars, times had gotten tough. In response, George Pullman cut jobs and wages. It was 1893. Thousands of workers walked off their jobs in protest, demanding higher salaries and lower rents. Other unions joined, refusing to work the Pullman cars, turning the small-town fracas into a national fury.

With mail cars backing up, and riots worrying train execs, President Grover Cleveland stepped in. He declared the strike illegal and sent 12,000 troops to break the strike. Cue brutal protests and bloodshed. The strike was broken, but so was the spirit of the workers. To reach out to the labor movement, Congress rushed the national holiday into law. The bad will resulted in Cleveland losing re-election. But the day off for hot dogs endures.

When is it?
Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September. This year, that would be Monday, September 7. According to the Department of Labor, Congress passed an act in 1894 making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

So, working stiffs everywhere, say it now, with feeling: Happy Labor Day.

Who is paying Glen Beck
to stir the pot so???

Welcome to da Doghouse...right Clem?

Updated: 2:41 PM GMT on September 07, 2009


Dawg House

By: auburn, 9:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2009

Welcome to da Doghouse...right Clem?


taken out of context?

By: auburn, 3:34 PM GMT on August 27, 2009

Man folks are getting good at that!!!

Welcome to da Doghouse...right Clem?

Updated: 2:52 AM GMT on August 28, 2009


RIP Edward Kennedy

By: auburn, 4:50 PM GMT on August 24, 2009

Weather is Super nice...gonna enjoy all of it I can...Hope you all have some nice weather also...I am out to find something to do!!!

Welcome to da Doghouse...right Clem?

Updated: 3:10 PM GMT on August 26, 2009


Dog House

By: auburn, 3:53 PM GMT on August 22, 2009

Think I need to take a few dayz off the stuff going on that makes me hard to be around.
To all I offended last Night I wasn't aimed at anyone in particular ...just a generalization of all I see...President Obama wont be in Office forever...but we will always need our health care...we need to concentrate on just the facts and get it right...again I am sorry for how I acted last night!

Welcome to da Doghouse...right Clem?


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