Labor Day weekend is here and the JASE family would like to take a quick second to wish you a safe and fun Labor Day Holiday. As the unofficial end to summer, Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah, filled with family, cookouts, and the return of football. Plus, we don’t get to work today!
BE SAFE THIS WEEKEND
Family is important to us here at JASE and because of that we are thankful when we are given opportunities like Labor Day to spend time with them. More importantly, we are thankful we live in the USA where we are free to work where we choose and are given holidays like Labor Day this to remind us. We ask that you be safe this weekend, enjoy your family and friends. We’ll see you on the other side.
HISTORY OF LABOR DAY
The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair, which it had been observed to commemorate. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.
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