02 Sep '13, 1pm

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

This is a repost of last year's Labor day coverage. We always look for a green angle in any holiday, and a few years back a commenter found it for us: This is a holiday about social justice which is inseparable from environmental justice. Happy Labour Day (And That Is How You Should Spell It) I have noted before that Labor day has Canadian roots, but the real reason we are celebrating it as a holiday celebrating labor is political; May Day was too pinko for Grover Cleveland. Brendan Koerner wrote in Slate In 1894, after President Grover Cleveland ordered the brutal suppression of the Pullman Strike, he realized that he had to do something to curry favor with the labor movement, which viewed him with contempt. Worried that a May 1 holiday would encourage rabble-rousing in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot, he followed the lead of several states and made the first Monday i...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/happy-labor-day.html

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