The History of Labor Day and How Chicago Made It All Happen

The History of Labor Day and How Chicago Made It All Happen

The History of Labor Day and How Chicago Made It All Happen

 

 

One hundred and twenty-two years ago—1894—that’s when Labor Day became a federal holiday, just days after the government killed striking workers in Chicago. The Pullman Strike failed, but the power of labor was evident…

 

Labor Day marked the fight for good jobs, not just the victories…

 

That was a long time ago, but every day in cities like ours, we see Working America members fighting to make their work better. Like the people coming together in Greensboro, North Carolina, who raised the minimum wage for city workers to $15; Retail Working America members in Minneapolis who helped win paid sick days throughout the city; or massage therapists in Portland, Oregon, and Chicago joining forces to gain access to decent benefits and higher industry standards…

 

 

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It doesn’t always look the same, but when working people come together, we can make real change for ourselves, our co-workers and our communities…

 

This Labor Day, I’m thinking about all of the times working people have come together to make change that we all benefit from today, but that’s not all that’s on my mind…

 

There are some people out there who want to divide us, whether it’s by neighborhood, race, age, gender or other ways that pit us against each other. In a time where our country feels more divided than ever, I’m thinking about how working people can stick together and fight for our common interests—good jobs, affordable health care, education, retirement security, corporate accountability and real democracy…

 

So this weekend, I want to hear from you…

 

How do you think people can join together in your community to find common ground and make a difference…?

 

It can be anything. Maybe it’s getting together over a cup of coffee to find some issues that we aren’t that far apart on. Or it could be coming together with a couple of friends to help clean up your town park. Or it could be rallying together to support pro-worker candidates this Election Day…

 

When we come together, we can make real change where we live and where we work, regardless of the year…

 

I can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Have a great Labor Day Weekend…

 

Special thanks to and courtesy of Karen Nussbaum of http://workingamerica.org

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: I’m Michael Kevorkian and I am a real estate broker and investor in the Chicago area. I own New Market Realty Inc. a residential real estate investment brokerage in the Wicker Park neighborhood.  My blog is here to help spread the word and love for real estate to all who care to know more. Realtors & investors alike, if it’s real estate and it’s good… You can bet I’ll get it on my website to share the awesomeness with you! You can follow me on , Twitter, and Facebook.

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