Labor Day 2022
THIRTY THOUSAND people marched in Union Square on September 5, 1882. They demanded an eight hour workday, better treatment of immigrants, an end to child labor, and equal pay for equal work.
Alas these basic demands continue to be more urgent than ever.
One hundred and forty years later (back after a 3-year pandemic hiatus),
the 2022 Labor Day Parade will be on:
Saturday, September 10th
at 10:00 AM
May Day is the other workers’ holiday – it too has origins in the late 19th century and in the fight for an 8-hour day. See this LaborArts selection of twenty eight May Day images.
CELEBRATE LABOR DAY by sending an extraordinary book to a friend today. “No book could be more timely,” historian Eric Foner said about Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives – A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City.
For further reading see historian Joshua Freeman’s essay “Labor Day – From Protest to Picnics” on the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website.
For a wonderfully comprehensive bibliography of Labor History resources see the Labor and Working Class History Association website, beautifully illustrated with May Day images from the 1880s by Walter Crane.