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With Labor Day quickly approaching we wanted to take a moment to talk about why we celebrate this holiday and the history behind it. During the Industrial Revolution the average American worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week. Kids as young as 5, immigrants and the extremely poor were forced to work in unsafe conditions. As the manufacturing business took off, so did labor unions who became more vocal about the mistreatment of employees. The first ever Labor Day parade took place on September 5, 1882, when 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City to protest these conditions.
A “workingmen’s holiday” caught on across the country and many states passed legislation recognizing it. However not everyone was on board and unions were forced to continue to strike and protest for safer working conditions. A strike in Chicago caused the government to send in troops that resulted in the death of more then a dozen workers. As an attempt to repair ties with the American workers President Grover Cleveland signed a law recognizing the first Monday in September as a national holiday know as Labor Day.
Our team at SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. So, while you’re enjoying the holiday with family and friends you will have the peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO is always here to help.
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Labor Day!