May 1st was the first day for the celebration of labor and still is in Europe and Mexico and most countries of Central and South America, but not in the United States and Canada.
Agitation for the celebration of the day was begun by the Knights of Labor who in 1882, 1883, 1884 paraded on that day in New York. Organizations adopted a resolution that the first Monday would be Labor Day.
On Feb. 21, 1887, Oregon passed the first law recognizing the day, New York, New Jersey and Colorado followed. On June 28, 1894, a bill was passed in Congress making the first Monday in September the legal Labor Day Holiday.
What does Labor Day really mean? What is the American dream? Isn’t it the right to work, to own a piece of this land, live and raise a family and live there till they pass on, if they choose.
The Constitution says we shall have the right to the pursuit of happiness, this also means you have to work for it and that you do have the right to work. In our country it should be without fear, but is it?
It’s time for the trade unions to realize that all people have the right to work and there is good in competition. There is none when it comes to taxpayers’ dollars. Stop the prevailing wage and open up competitions. There is more than enough work for everyone.
James E. Saffel Sr.