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Happy Labor Day!

To everyone who lifts a finger to provide a service and/or make a product, either for their own company or for someone else, WE SALUTE YOU! Today it is all about YOU! Enjoy this day, rain or sunshine. Do what makes YOU happy today, whether it’s to catch up on reading, homework, traveling, grilling, shopping, hitting the beach, or whatever.

Do you know how Labor Day actually started? Here’s a brief summary from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website:

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. To read further, click HERE.

Sidenote: For those who are unemployed, please try to stay positive and keep your head up. Althought it might look rather bleak right now, things will get better. Keep applying for jobs and make sure you follow up after your job interviews! Very important! Have faith and continue to believe….