September 5, Labor day – Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.
Read more on the History of Labor Day from the Dept. of Labor.
You may also find these links illuminating:
- U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965
- 71% of Americans now approve of labor unions
- 40% of union members say their membership is “extremely important”
- About one in six Americans live in a union household
- States With the Strongest Unions
- Key Finding: States with higher union membership rates have higher wages.
- Best And Worst States to work (2022)
- Ranked by: wage policies, worker protections, and rights to organize
- Note the top 3 states are the same on both lists, as reported by Marketplace Morning Report.