The workforce has come a long was in the United States and we’re approaching Labor Day to celebrate those successes. Labor Day is always held on the first Monday in September.
Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American employees. That first Monday constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions that employees around the nation have made to the prosperity, strength and well-being of the United States of America, according to the United States Department of Labor.
Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys would also like to use this time to make sure that all workers are aware of their rights on the job. Part of being an American worker means that you are to be provided with a safe work environment. Going to work every day shouldn’t mean that you have to worry about your safety. Employers are required to make sure that employees are provided with the proper compensation and benefits should they be injured on the job. Fighting for work rights is still a common battle in the country and oftentimes requires assistance from a legal professional.
Over 100 years ago, Americans observed the very first Labor Day. While the details are fuzzy, some reports indicate that Peter J. McGuire, with the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners as well as an American Federation of Labor co-founder, first suggested that we designate a day to honor workers.
Regardless of the debates about who started the holiday, the very first one was celebrated on the 5th of September of 1882. It was celebrated in New York City and was scheduled in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.
Today, Labor Day is a nationally recognized holiday. Many of us might think it’s just a day where we get to skip out on work, but it means so much more.
In the first official proposal for the Labor Day holiday, officials requested a parade to help show the public the country’s true appreciation for the work and effort of its citizens. After the parade, there was a festival and a number of other events to occupy and entertain workers in the area. This was the sketch for hundreds of Labor Days to come.
Labor Day is used to remember and enforce the highest standard of living and the greatest team of production that the world may ever see. And it’s all a result of the American standard, tradition and dedication. For this reason, we dedicate an entire day to what American citizens have given back to the country with the traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.
Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys would like to wish you and your family a Happy Labor Day weekend. We hope you enjoy that Monday off of work and that you celebrate your long weekend safely!
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact J. Franklin Burns, P.C., to speak with an experienced attorney. For a free consultation call 1-404-303-7770 today.
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