Labor Day is a nationwide holiday in the United States that takes place every year on the first Monday of September in honor of all workers. We explain everything important about the origin and traditions of the American Labor Day.
The US holiday Labor Day was created in honor of American workers and their achievements. Working in the USA was not always regulated and secured by laws. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked a full 12 hours a day, seven days a week!
Especially poorer people and US immigrants were often confronted with extremely unsafe working conditions. There was often not enough fresh air, sanitary facilities or breaks. Even children between the ages of five and six often worked in industrial enterprises and under sometimes very difficult conditions.
As industry increasingly supplanted agriculture in the USA, however, workers’ unions also became more and more present. They began to organize strikes and demonstrations to protest against poor working conditions and to force employers to renegotiate working hours and wages.