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Monday, September 5, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. This day is often referred to as the unofficial end to summer and is celebrated with picnics, barbecues, road trips and sporting events.

However, let's remember to celebrate all of the hard workers and their contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."

HINT: (1754-1824), was a French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Pensees (Thoughts), which was published posthumously.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The idea of a Labor Day began in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.

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Peter McGuire is considered the Father of the Labor Day holiday. An Irish-American cabinet maker and pioneer unionist, McGuire proposed a day dedicated to all who labor at a meeting of the Central Labor Union on May 18, 1882 where he stated, "Let us have, a festive day during which a parade through the streets of the city would permit public tribute to American Industry." He is described as a red-headed, fiery, eloquent leader of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

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On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

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There are an estimated 15.8 million labor union members nationwide. About 13 percent of wage and salary workers belong to unions, with New York having among the highest rates of any state--25 percent. North Carolina has one of the lowest rates, 3 percent.

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The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

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In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."

ANSWER: Joseph Joubert.

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