If you want to know the historical reasons behind why we celebrate Labor Day as a national holiday, you don't want to hear it from (wordy, biased, overly-emotional) me. Brendan Koerner at Slate did such a fantastic job of blogging on that already--read his article because it is so good! Sorry, but despite the hype, I am not actually a robot. Writing and reading about the state of labor--present and past-- has been known to make even a grumpy old troll like me cry.
With that said, Labor Day has always meant love to me. Love for my father and mother who sacrificed all their lives through hard work--not just to provide for their family in a tough world, but also to actively support the notion that all labor should be meaningful and honorable, that work should be safe, valued, fairly compensated and equally available to men and women of all walks of life. Love for the men and women who have engendered and who conitnue to fight for collective bargaining.
Labor Day also meant a time to honor organized labor ideals and the families they protect/ help prosper. A day for progressive ideals. Ideals of the Great Promise.
Throughout the day, the AFL-CIO has organized Twitter #unionmember tweet-a-thons where you can discuss your opinions and experiences with collective bargaining and the social justice issues associated with it (sort of the minimalist 21st century version of the Labor Day picnic--without the potato salad and horseshoes).
Happy Labor (of love) Day to all!