"Labor Day differs
in every essential from the other holidays of the year in any country,"
said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation
of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with
conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for
greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is
devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."
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.