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The Original Labor Day Dispute

Posted by IronPlanet on Aug 26, 2016 1:59:36 PM

Well . . .*sigh* . . . it's here. Summer's unofficial last week is upon us. Labor Day is next Monday and before you know it, the holidays will be ringing our doorbells needing lots of attention and . . .

. . .  let's not go there. Instead, let's give deserved props to under-appreciated Labor Day. In 1885, the labor movement lobbied for the first Monday in September to be designated as Labor Day. The holiday was "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers who have contributed to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country" 

But like ranchers vs. cowboys, Deere vs. Cat, plain vs. peanut, who originally came up with the idea of Labor Day is a matter of dispute. 

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to propose a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

Unimpressed by all that delving and carving, the machinists put up their guy, Matthew Maguire, as the founder. Maguire was the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., and served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. And as anyone then could have told you, whoever plans the picnic wins.

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