Meaning of Labor Day

Labor Day is known unofficially as many things.

It can mean the end of summer, the unofficial start of the school year or the last day to wear white.

But the phrase "Happy Labor Day" can carry a pretty big meaning.

We  talked with some locals about what the more than 100 year holiday means to them.

"Today is a day where we celebrate the workforce in America, a time for families to get together, for picnics.

Cookouts, family, friends and music.. parks all over town were filled with people celebrating the first Monday in September.

"We have a good get together.  We have a big family.  That's what we do here and we've been doing it for the last 20 years."

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

In other words, it's a thank you for the contributions workers have made, allowing us to have a strong, fair and stable workforce here in the US.

The President of the Metal Rades Council at Pantex Clarence Rashada says "it's a celebration of all of the beneifts that have been received from our ancestors, our fathers of unions, that have fought for the 40 hour week, "

Fun and food aside, we caught up with several people, including some local labor workers who tell us it may be nice to enjoy an extra day off of work, but it's important to not forget the true meaning of the day.

IAM Local 1255 Educator  Rebecca Kennon says, "well labor day signifies the hard work of machinists, laborers all over the united states in making the workforce safer.

Kennon says being a union worker here in Amarillo insures her brothers and sisters in the labor force a good wage, and allows them the opportunity to educate our community about why the union is important for our workforce.

"Most of us work 7 days a week and we're still working.."

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date.

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