If you work, or know someone who does Labor Day should be close to your heart. American workers didn't always have weekends, or workers comp, or unemployment insurance, or safety regulations...
In 1835 Children employed in the silk mills in Paterson, New Jersey went on strike so they could work only 11-hour days , 6 days a week. Not a bad schedule if you are 10.
July 6 1892 Homestead Strike -- Pinkerton Guards, trying to pave the way for the introduction of scabs, opened fire on striking Carnegie mill steel-workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania. In the ensuing battle, three Pinkerton's surrendered; then, unarmed, they were set upon and beaten by a mob of townspeople, most of them women. Seven guards and eleven strikers and spectators were shot to death.
This labor day as some seek to do away with everything workers have fought for I stand with my union brothers and sisters, remembering those who went before us, and standing for a better world for all.