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Labor Day History

Some countries spell it Labor day, while others spell it Labour day

The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes (Nine-Hour Movement) first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned the USA, to New York and organized the first American labor day on September 5 of the same year.

Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, known as May Day and International Workers Day.

Bermuda, Canada and the United States celebrate labour day on the first Monday of September.

In some Caribbean nations, a labour holiday is provided on the first Monday of May. In Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory follow this policy.

Labor day Quotes:

Labor Day differs in every essential from other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflict and battles of mans prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.
Samual Gompers .

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.
Bill Dodds .

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