Labor Day – History and Mystery
Laborers are the engine that works behind any successful machine. In a world of zero hour contracts, unpaid internships, bogus self-employment, and the gig economy; the fight for workers’ rights has never been more relevant. Workers have the powerful energy to bring to the organization if you trust them enough to tap that fuel source. Every worker on your team has influence over some or all of your customer relationships. One disenchanted a worker will crimp your ability to serve customers well.
This day is meant to celebrate the civic and economic contribution of the American workers. This is a nationally declared holiday to celebrate the everyday working class of America. Workers’ day on the 1st of May is celebrated by giving the labor force a holiday to cheer up with parties and parade. But on the Labor day, being a holiday there’s a great sale and the working class has to work extra on that day.
Proclaiming any day an official holiday means little, as an official holiday does not require private employers and even some government agencies to give their workers the day off. Many stores are open on Labor Day. Essential government services in protection and transportation continue to function, and even less essential programs like national parks are open. Because not everyone is given time off on Labor Day, union workers as recently as the 1930s were being urged to stage one-day strikes if their employer refused to give them the day off.
The two main incidents related to the Labor day are as follows –
1.Pullman Railway Strike in Illinois
After the railway strike, several workers lost their lives and the Government left it up to the Worker class to choose a day they wanted to be marked as the Labor Day but not to honor the deaths of the Union workers but to celebrate the hard-working Labor class.
2.Haymarket massacre in Chicago
While Chicago too celebrated the Labor Day in September, after the heinous massacre on May 4, 1886, the then President decided to shift the celebration of the working class to May which will also commemorate the lives lost in the massacre of the workers. But since 1887 Labor Day was celebrated on the first Monday of September in US.
Earlier the Americans used to work 6 days a week and 12 hours a day until about 10,000 workers marched for their rights in Manhattan, Adamson act was passed and since then the Americans till date have been working for 8 hours a day.
Since Labor Day means to wrap up of Summer and commencement of Fall and Winter, there’s a huge surge of customer inflow, so rather than relaxing on the long weekend in September, the Labor class is usually working harder and staying late. In fact, many other professionals are expected to work on Labor Day as well including correctional officers, police officials, firefighters, nurses and more.
And since this is the end of Summer there is a heightened excitement and all the youth are out of their houses and the roads are busy, hence one of those dangerous days to be driving. Heavy numbers of casualties have been reported on the Labor Day.
Interestingly Labor day also marks the end of the Hot dog season, wondering if it is true? It is!
Labor Day has a Fashion mystery too!
It is considered as the fashionable day to wear whites! But there was a confusion that the upper class and lower class of people couldn’t be distinguished and it was somehow followed that only the upper class wore white dresses.
Another fashion policing was about a more practical approach and that since the summer is going to end white and light colored, lighter clothes are no longer needed.
The yet another version says the trend setup as the local magazines had the Fall collection and everyone followed it, so no more whites after the Labor Day.
But by putting an end to the fashion harassment about the color White, one of the topmost brand Michael Kors expressed – Ignore the rules. White after Labor Day is glamorous!