Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Weekend Warriors can shout TGIF a little louder this week with the extended weekend that Labor Day affords. According to the official U.S. Department of Labor website:
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
In tribute of Labor Day, Emory Mulling and Cheryl Ayers will interview special guest Walter Andrews, President of the Communication Workers of America Atlanta Chapter and Executive Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of the AFL-CIO. At Work with Emory Mulling airs Friday at 3:00PM on GPB. Tune in on your radio dial or stream the show online here.