Labor Day best wishes from the gang at Stevens West.

We at Stevens West really appreciate the efforts our partner carriers and their drivers put in on a daily basis hauling freight all over this great nation of ours. We hope you all get a chance to spend this extended weekend with your families and friends and get a little well deserved down time. Below is a little bit of information from the Department of Labor, on the beginnings and the reason the Labor Day legislation was passed.

Labor Day: What it means

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.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Here’s to the American workers, have a great Labor Day weekend all!!