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Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day has a history as an American and Canadian holiday.

"In 1872, in Toronto Canada, printers organized street rallies for Labour Day to legitimize a 9-hour workday.

The printers were arrested. As a result of their imprisonment, 10,000 protesters invaded the streets. Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald not only repealed the laws prohibiting union activity, but he also released the organizers from jail. In 1894, Prime Minister John Thompson signed an order officially adopting the date as Labour (Canadian spelling) Day": What is Labor Day? - Facty.

"In the 1800s workers worked 12 hours/day 7 days a week. Unions emerged to obtain better work conditions. Labor leaders suggested a Labor Day event to show the solidarity of labor unions and support for America’s laborers."

"There is some debate about who fostered the idea of Labor Day as a holiday. Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter, was the co-founder and Vice President of the American Federation of Labor. In the spring of 1882, he proposed a holiday on the first Monday in September that would kick off with a march, a street parade, and a public picnic. Under his plan, local unions would sell tickets to the event to raise funds for the organizations. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and the secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York also suggested a Labor Day holiday on the first Monday of each September.

On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland officially signed a declaration so that Labor Day became a national holiday."

Labor Day is considered the last summer holiday. People gather for barbecues and parades. School has

started. Farmers prepare for harvest.

Let us remember that we have a common bond as we work and interact with family and friends.

This verse offers insight into work discussions: “If anyone is not willing to work, he should not eat,”

2 Thessalonians 3:10.

Calls to Action:

  1. Note America's strong work history.

  2. Read Strengths Coach M.'s account of God's college provision in "Fully Persuaded Faith". Purchase on: "Live Abundantly" is also available there. Vignettes about successful work steer one in a variety of endeavors.

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