For most Labor Day is a day of cookouts, swimming and great sales at department stores.
Federal workers and some of the private sector get the day off while for others it’s just another day at work.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The holiday is a “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.”
6 days after the end of the Pullman strike where 30 people lost their lives after the federal government was sent to enforce a court injunction to end the strike. This was the first ever national strike and crippled railroad travel across the country.
Pullman workers were required to live in Pullman city a 3000-acre swath of land owned by the company in Chicago. They shopped at the Pullman owned stores and even had to pay the company to use the library.
In 1893 in the midst of the Great Depression, the Pullman company cut wages for their workers by 25% or more while keeping the rents in Pullman City the same. As you can imagine this created a very difficult situation for the workers and their families. They took to the streets in protest and in turn, their fight was felt across the nation.
Labor Day was created as an appeasement to the unions that stood with the Pullman workers and over the years has become a day where unions and workers gather to support workers rights.
Right now many workers are faced with low wages and little opportunity. In the video above you will find what I think our workers deserve and what I will do when I am elected to Congress to help them get the wages and benefits that they should have in the world’s wealthiest country.
Take some time today to consider what we can do to bring good paying jobs into District 15 and how we can increase wages for our area workers in a state known for its low wages.