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Amelia Islander

The Many Faces of Labor Day

Aug 23, 2013 08:39AM
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September which celebrates the economic and social contributions of American workers. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday.

So what does Labor Day mean to us? These days it has become a major retail “sale” day, where you’d think that stores would close down and give their laboring employees a day off in honor of their hard work throughout the year. But surprisingly, most employees prefer to work on Labor Day, as they get paid more for holiday hours. The additional income for workers and retail shops is a win-win for everyone, and certainly for shoppers taking advantage of good prices and seasonal sales.

Labor Day is considered the end of summer, celebrated with parades and community picnics. The kids are back in school and we all yearn for cooler weather and a new season. This Labor Day, September 2, be sure to shop at some of Amelia Island’s retail stores. You’ll save some money and support our local economy. And show our local workers that you value their fine service!