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Monday, Aug. 22nd 2016

Labor Day

Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September, is often thought of as the unofficial end of summer. Back when school started after the work in the fields was completed,  it probably was that last chance for a family vacation or at least a long weekend before school started again across the country. But the origin and history of Labor Day is much more important than the passing of a season.

In the late 18th century and for most of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution was changing the way that goods were manufactured in this country through much greater efficiency of machinery and the standardization of labor. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed a Labor Day holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Others maintain that Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) initiated the first proposal in May, 1882, after attending the annual labour festival in Toronto, Canada. From 1887 to 1894, 30 states, starting with Oregon made Labor Day an official public holiday. The Federal Government followed in1894, as the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.

While it is great to enjoy a three day weekend to start the month of September, clearly things have changed in the last 125 years. School no longer starts after Labor Day in most parts of the country. Given the automation of farm work, few children even work on farms these days. It makes me wonder why we don’t have schools all year as 50% of countries do at present, while only 10% of the schools in this country have year around tracks. Perhaps that is a subject for another blog soon. Our economy is now based more on services than the production of goods, but our workers, 150 million strong, continue to be the back bone of our economy and output regardless of this ongoing transition.

The important concept of Labor Day is that we take a day to honor all of our workers in all industries and thank them for their hard work and attention to detail. I am personally grateful to the 18 employees of A-1 CAREERS in our offices in KC, Denver, Des Moines and, as of last week, Bettendorf, Iowa for their dedication to our customers, our employees and our business mission. I am also very grateful to the hundreds of short and long-term employees that work for us in our client’s offices and other places of business. Without you we would not have a business, and I thank you for allowing us the opportunity to assist you with your career goals. May you all have a safe and restful holiday with friends and family.

 Best regards,

 Bruce J Putman

President & CEO

A-1 CAREERS

 


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Kansas City/Corporate

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Suite 120
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 652-0900

 

Denver

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Suite 719
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 998-0000

 

Iowa

8355 University Blvd
Suite H
Clive, IA 50325
(515) 274-9525

 

Quad Cities

2435 Kimberly Rd
Suite 205S
Bettendorf IA 52722
(563) 594-6740