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Labor Day Questions and Answers (Q&A)

Labor Day is an American holiday that is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Unofficially many people consider it to be the marker for the end of summer. Often Labor Day weekend is the time when many public pools close down for the season. Officially it honors the American Labor Movement and the contributions that working Americans have made to the strength and prosperity of the country.

Many people treat the holiday and the weekend before it as one last chance to do summer activites with family and friends before the onset of fall and winter. People typically have cook outs or other celebrations fro the holiday.

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Monday, September 3rd, 2018. Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.

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