What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

Posted 9/4/2020

Did you ever wonder why a day when most people do not work is called Labor Day? Maybe it should have been No-Labor Day, or Laborer Day or Stay Home and Play Day. Back in 1880’s, bosses had their employees, some only children, working 70+ hour weeks. Working conditions were poor and unsafe. It was the Central Labor Union in New York City that spurred a proposal that included a one-day strike by workers, a demonstration calling for better working conditions and shorter hours, and a picnic. That was September 5, 1882. While states began adopting the holiday...

throughout the ‘80’s, it wasn’t until 1894 that the bill to make the first Monday in September a national holiday was signed by President Grover Cleveland. Oddly enough, it took 44 more years for the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act to be enacted, establishing a minimum wage, shorter workweek and child labor laws.

Today, when many are working at home or not at all, Labor Day takes on a whole different meaning. Will there be social distanced parades, back yard barbecues and smaller gatherings of loved ones? Whether or not that happens, one thing is for certain - Labor Day Weekend signifies change! It marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. Cooler nights and shorter days. Outdoor pools will close and retail outlets will be slashing prices on summer items. Inevitably, thoughts will turn to the more hectic holidays approaching. This Labor Day, lean back, relax, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy your Stay Home and Play Day.

The Barber Den Boys wish you a safe, and happy, Labor Day.