“NYC: Union Made” – Labor Day Parade 2016
The theme this year Labor Day Parade is “NYC: Union Made”, celebrating NYC’s labor heritage and history, and bold, bright future.
New york Governor Andrew Cuomo among other city officials were the Honorary Guests at the Labor Day Parade 2016
James Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers and Labor Day Parade 2016 Grand Marshal
Labor Day is the one day that honors the contributions of working men and women to America’s social and economic life. It was first celebrated in the United States on Sept. 5, 1882, when about 20,000 working people marched in New York City to demand an eight-hour workday and other labor law reforms. About a quarter million New Yorkers turned out to watch. The fight to preserve overtime pay for more than eight hours of work a day marks this Labor Day 122 years later.
The U.S. Department of Labor describes Labor Day this way: “It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.”
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