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Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

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  1. WH

    Sunday, September 4, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:00 AM
    President Obama attends a G20 welcome ceremony
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    3:15 AM
    President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
    Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

    3:40 AM
    President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    7:15 AM
    President Obama participates in a G20 welscome dinner
    Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, China

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:15 AM
    President Obama attends a cultural performance
    West Lake, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

    10:00 PM
    President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
    Hangzhou, China

  2. Labor Day 2015

    Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Founder of Labor Day

    More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

    Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

    But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

    The First Labor Day

    The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

    Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

    • Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      September 3, 2016

      Hi everybody. Before you fire up the barbecue for the long weekend, I want to talk a little bit about the reason we get to celebrate Labor Day – and that’s the labor movement that helped build this country and our middle class.

      For generations, every time the economy changed, hardworking Americans marched and organized and joined unions to demand not simply a bigger paycheck for themselves, but better conditions and more security for the folks working next to them, too. Their efforts are why we can enjoy things like the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, and a minimum wage. Their efforts are why we can depend on health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, and retirement plans.

      All of that progress is stamped with the union label. All of that progress was fueled with a simple belief: that our economy works better when it works for everybody.

      That’s the spirit that’s made the progress of these past seven and a half years possible. We’ve rescued our economy from another depression, cut our unemployment rate in half, and unleashed the longest string total job growth on record. And we’ve focused on making sure that the gains of a growing economy don’t just flow to a few at the top, but to everybody.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  3. Little Rock Nine – 58th Anniversary

    Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. They then attended after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483, on May 17, 1954. The decision declared all laws establishing segregated schools to be unconstitutional, and it called for the desegregation of all schools throughout the nation. After the decision, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attempted to register black students in previously all-white schools in cities throughout the South. In Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas, the Little Rock School Board agreed to comply with the high court’s ruling. Virgil Blossom, the Superintendent of Schools, submitted a plan of gradual integration to the school board on May 24, 1955, which the board unanimously approved. The plan would be implemented during the fall of the 1957 school year, which would begin in September 1957. By 1957, the NAACP had registered nine black students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High, selected on the criteria of excellent grades and attendance. The nicknamed “Little Rock Nine” consisted of Ernest Green (b. 1941), Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1941), Jefferson Thomas(1942–2010), Terrence Roberts (b. 1941), Carlotta Walls LaNier (b. 1942), Minnijean Brown (b. 1941), Gloria Ray Karlmark (b. 1942), Thelma Mothershed (b. 1940), and Melba Pattillo Beals (b. 1941). Ernest Green was the first African American to graduate from Central High School.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine

  4. President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

    Sunday, September 4th
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    President Obama arrives in China
    Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama participates in a meet and greet with Embassy staff and families
    JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama delivers remarks at a climate event
    West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
    West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama attends a private dinner hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping
    West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May hold a bilateral meeting
    JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan of Turkey hold a bilateral meeting
    JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
    Hangzhou, China

    • September 04, 2016
      Remarks by President Obama Before Bilateral Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the G20 Summit

      September 3, 2016
      West Lake State House
      ​Hangzhou, China

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, I want to thank you, your government, the people of China, and the people Hangzhou for the excellent accommodations and what I am sure will be a productive G20 Summit. Our meeting here is an opportunity to discuss the breadth and importance of the U.S.-China relationship. As you indicated, the event that we just came from in which we deposited our ratification of the Paris Agreement is just one example of what can happen when our two countries work effectively together.

      I know that at the G20, we’re committed to working with other countries to build sustainable, inclusive economies, and create opportunities for all of our people. In joining the Paris Agreement today, we’re demonstrating our shared commitment to climate change. I look forward to an extensive discussion on our shared interests in advancing regional and global security, from the Korean Peninsula to the fight against ISIL. We very much welcome China’s contributions to global development, peacekeeping, and refugee assistance.

      And because of the hard work of our teams, across every dimension — from people-to-people ties, energy, scientific and educational exchanges — we have seen steady progress during the course of my presidency and during the course of the multiple meetings that you and I have had. Consistent with the notion of a new model for relations between our countries, what I think we’ve been able to achieve is practical and constructive efforts where our interests intersect and a candid discussion of those areas where we differ, and our ability to manage them in a way that does not put the bilateral relationship at risk. And I know that we will have, once again, candid conversations about some of those differences around issues like human rights, or cyber, or maritime. But our teams have been engaged. They have worked very well and diligently together.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/04/remarks-president-obama-bilateral-meeting-president-xi-jinping-china-g20

    • September 04, 2016
      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom After Bilateral Meeting at the G20 Summit

      JW Marriott Hotel
      Hangzhou, China

      11:36 A.M. CST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. I want to begin by saying what a pleasure it was for me to meet with Prime Minister May and congratulate her on becoming Prime Minister. We’ve had occasion to be together before in other settings, but this is the first time that I had a chance to address her as Madam Prime Minister. I’m glad that Theresa and I could meet early in her tenure. The Prime Minister continues to be a steadying influence during a time of transition.

      It was a wide-ranging conversation, but it began with the basic premise that even as the UK pursues an orderly exit from the EU, together, we reaffirm the very special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. It will not simply endure, but it will continue to grow stronger with time. The vibrant economic partnership between our countries will continue as the UK gains further clarity on its new relationship with the EU. Our two countries will be discussing ways in which we continue to sustain and strengthen our trade and investment ties. Here at the G20, we will continue to pursue an agenda of inclusive and sustainable growth.

      When it comes to security issues, under Prime Minister May, the UK has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the transatlantic architecture. We are NATO Allies. We see the world in the same way. We will continue to oppose Russian aggression in Ukraine. We will continue to counter cyber threats. We will continue to work diligently to root out terrorist networks, and we’ll work to destroy ISIL.

      At a time when the international order is under strain, I also emphasized the degree to which United Kingdom’s leadership on the world stage is essential. We are grateful for the UK’s indispensable role in achieving landmark agreements on climate change, on issues of energy security and global development. We will continue to count on being able to stand together, stand strong with our British friends to make sure that international norms and rules are enforced and are maintained.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/04/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-may-united-kingdom-after

    • September 04, 2016
      Remarks by President Obama and President Erdogan of Turkey After Bilateral Meeting at G20 Summit

      JW Marriott Hotel

      Hangzhou, China

      1:56 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is the first opportunity that I’ve had to meet face to face with President Erdogan since the terrible attempted coup that took place in July. By taking to the streets to resist the coup attempt, the Turkish people once again affirmed their commitment to democracy, and the strength and resilience of the democratic institutions inside of Turkey.

      I indicated at the time the unequivocal condemnation of these actions, and spoke personally to President Erdogan to offer any support that we might be able to provide in both ending the attempted coup, but also in investigating and bringing the perpetrators of these illegal actions to justice. And I’ve assured him that our Justice Department and my national security team will continue to cooperate with Turkish authorities to determine how we can make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice, and reaffirm our strong support for the Turkish people and Turkish institutions.

      I also had the opportunity to express my deepest condolences for those killed and wounded by recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, which sadly have become too common an occurrence, just as they have all around the world. And in the face of these savage attacks, not only do we stand with Turkey and the people of Turkey and express our sympathy for them, but, more importantly, we want to take actions to ensure that together, we are defeating the scourge of terrorism.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/04/remarks-president-obama-and-president-erdogan-turkey-after-bilateral

    • Hi vitaminlover! Aww thanks. Just took some time off to be with family. HOPE that you are having a good weekend!

      • I am and indeed family is so important especially when you are close knit and have strong love for them.

  5. WH

    Monday, September 5, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    12:00 AM
    12:30 AM
    President Obama participates in a G20 session on robust international trade and investment
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    1:00 AM
    1:55 AM
    President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch and the fourth G20 session on inclusive and interconnected development
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    2:00 AM
    3:00 AM
    3:35 AM
    President Obama attends the fifth G20 session on other issues affecting the world economy
    Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    5:05 AM
    President Obama participates in a closing ceremony for the G20 Summit
    Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

    6:00 AM
    6:30 AM
    President Obama holds a Press Conference
    JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:15 AM
    President Obama departs Hangzhou, China en route to Laos
    Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:25 AM
    President Obama arrives Vientiane, Laos
    Wattay International Airport

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    11:00 PM
    11:10 PM
    President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
    Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

    11:25 PM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
    Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

    • POTUS podium

      September 5, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      6:30 AM ET
      President Obama holds a Press Conference
      JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      2:00 PM EDT
      Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Hold Labor Day Rally
      Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) both speak to voters at a Labor Day festival in Cleveland.

  6. President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

    Monday, September 5th
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    President Obama participates in a G20 session on robust international trade and investment
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch and the fourth G20 session on inclusive and interconnected development
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama holds bilateral meetings with other leaders of the G20 on other issues affecting the world economy
    Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama attends a G20 session on other issues affecting the world economy
    Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama participates in a closing ceremony for the G20 Summit
    Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama holds a Press Conference
    JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

    President Obama departs Hangzhou, China en route to Laos
    Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

    President Obama arrives Vientiane, Laos
    Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
    Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
    Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

    • September 05, 2016

      Press Conference by President Obama after G20 Summit

      J.W. Marriott Hotel Hangzhou
      Hangzhou, China

      7:30 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. Let me begin by thanking President Xi and the people of Hangzhou and China for the hospitality in hosting this G20 summit on the shores of beautiful West Lake. Thank you so much. Xie xie.

      This visit offered the eighth opportunity for President Xi and me to meet. We agreed to advance our cooperation across a range of issues, including climate change, global health and development, peacekeeping, counter-narcotics, and nuclear security. We also addressed our differences on issues like religious freedom, maritime security, and a level economic playing field, but we did so in a clear, candid, direct, and I think constructive way. That has helped us to manage problems, and it’s consistently helped us to improve relations between the United States and China.

      This has also been my tenth and final G20 meeting. It goes by fast. And so before I take your questions, let me put into context what we’ve done over the course of our G20 meetings.

      And I think back to April 2009, when hundreds of thousands of Americans were losing their jobs and their homes and their savings each month, and unemployment was on its way to 10 percent. Around the world, for the first time in a generation, the global economy was contracting, trade was shrinking, and the international financial system was nearly frozen. By several key measures, the global economy was on a worse trajectory than it was at the outset of the Great Depression.

      But the size and the scope of the crisis was not what made that London G20 historic. What made it historic was the speed and magnitude of our collective response. One nation couldn’t solve the problem alone, so together, developed and developing nations alike, took a comprehensive and unprecedented set of actions to prevent another depression and set the stage for recovery.

      Most important was to create jobs and growth by stimulating demand across our economies. And America led the way. By then, in just my first 10 or so weeks as President, we had already passed the Recovery Act, set in motion plans to rescue our auto industry, stabilize our banks, jumpstart loans to small businesses, and launch programs to help homeowners refinance and stay in their homes. And our G20 partners would follow with similar actions.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/05/press-conference-president-obama-after-g20-summit

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