Weekend Video: The origins of Labour Day

TorontoLabourDayIn the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labour Day. Originally celebrated in New York City’s Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. In Canada printers in 1872 fought for the Nine Hour Day and made the federal government legalize unions. This struggle also resulted in the creation of the Labour Day holiday by the government.

 

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