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Letter: Remember the true reason for Labor Day

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 10:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 10:54 p.m. CDT

For more than 100 years, people have taken part in Labor Day celebrations. As this tradition continues this year, it is important to remember the true reason for this holiday.

Labor Day is a day to celebrate American workers and the contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our communities. In 1894, Labor Day was approved as a legal national holiday by Congress after many states had already established such a day of celebration, parades, and speeches on the labor movement.

This day was originally established to bring attention to workers’ rights, and to be a “workingman’s holiday”. Today, the holiday has evolved into both a tribute to the labor movement throughout the years and the achievements of workers dedicating their lives to work in our communities every day.

We must remember how employees fought for the right to union representation to assure fair work hours, fair pay, and safe working conditions. At the same time, Labor Day is a day devoted to the celebration and appreciation of all American workers.

As we celebrate this Labor Day with food, fun, and time spent with loved ones, remember, this holiday has been, and will continue to be, a tribute to the working men and women of our country and their history.

Kate Cloonen

D-Kankakee, state representative for the 79th District

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