Labor Day History

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 3, 2011. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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. Read the full history of Labor Day.

Pieces of History: A Different View of Labor Day and Labor Icons

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireThe events on the Saturday afternoon of March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City stirred America to move to protect workers. In less than 20 minutes, 146 people were dead – some burned to death; others leaped to their deaths from 100 feet up – victims of one of the worst factory fires in America’s history.

 

Iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, but with the words 'Don't Call me Rosie. Or Else!' above her head.