UNF Spinnaker

What is Labor Day?

Jordan Bebout

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Photo courtesy of Glehn Von Loh

Why do we get a three-day weekend, and what relevance does this holiday have now?

The UNF campus will be closed on Monday, September 4 as we celebrate Labor Day. There’s still some debate on who first proposed Labor Day, but it’s been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1894.

“Labor Day is one of ten federal holidays recognized nationwide by the United States Government. All non-essential federal government offices are closed on Labor Day, and all federal employees are paid even if they receive the day off. Many private-sector employees will also receive paid time off or special holiday pay on Labor Day.” (FederalPay.org)

The holiday started out as a day of worker strikes and union picnics, but a federal holiday was created to honor the achievements of the labor movement and the economic contributions of American workers.

Now that unions aren’t as common and the 9-5 workday is the American standard, it’s easy to just go to the beach or sleep in on our long weekend.

However, it might be a time to think about today’s current labor issues like raising the minimum wage, the gender pay gap and workplace discrimination. We should also take this day to reflect on how far we’ve come on issues like child labor laws and workplace safety.

Learn more about the history of Labor Day by visiting the United States Department of Labor website.

__

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • What is Labor Day?

    Features

    Colonel Crackers: Where is our snack that smiles back?

  • What is Labor Day?

    Features

    Medical Withdrawal: How and why students temporarily leave for medical emergencies

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    How to avoid bad luck on Friday the 13th

  • What is Labor Day?

    Art

    UNF Seaside Sculpture Park features new art

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    Man on the Street: Will ospreys get inked this Friday the 13th?

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    ‘Hot Summer Nights’ glows with 90s nostalgia if little else

  • What is Labor Day?

    Features

    UNF’s Archaeology Department provides proof of Jacksonville’s history

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ won’t be squashed by Marvel heavyweights

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    Free entreés at on-campus Chick-Fil-A next Tuesday

  • What is Labor Day?

    Entertainment

    Can ‘The First Purge’ be the last?

The Student News Site of University of North Florida
What is Labor Day?