The first Labor Day was actually on May 5th in 1882. This was chosen because the date symbolized the unity of labor and capital. At the time, many businesses did not allow their employees to strike, so they needed a day that would bring people together as workers. They also wanted to celebrate the end of the harsh winter months so that people would have something to do during the summer.
In September of that year, the New York Central Railroad called for a meeting to discuss ways to improve their working conditions. Many other railroads soon followed suit. On September 5th, 1883, the New York Central Railroad hosted a picnic for the employees to celebrate their efforts. It became an annual tradition for the railroad industry, and since then, Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September every year.
At first, Labor Day was celebrated only in the Northeastern United States, but it slowly spread across the country. Over the years, it has evolved into a day of celebration of working class Americans. Some of the biggest changes occurred in the 1950s, when businesses started to encourage the use of holiday vacations.
Today, Labor Day is considered one of the most important days in the U.S. calendar that recognized the concerted efforts of workers. In fact, the Government of Guam employees will host their annual Labor Day Picnic at the Governor Joseph Flores Beach Park (Ypao Beach) this Sunday, September 4, 2022, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all” reflects the belief that all workers should stand together to protect the rights of all. The idea of solidarity, or unity among workers, is not a new concept. It has been around for as long as there have been labor unions. As you celebrate this Labor Day, thank a union member because it is through solidarity that WE see our working conditions improve.
The GFT Office will be closed on September 05, 2022, in observance of Labor Day.