Happy Labor Day!
Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day in the United States? It’s more than just a day for cookouts, great sales, and enjoying the end of summer vacation — Labor Day serves to honor all American workers who make our country stronger and more prosperous. If you’re a worker in the United States, Labor Day is about YOU!
The History of Labor Day
Labor Day actually has some depressing origins. In the late 1800s, the United States was going through a period called the Industrial Revolution. During this time, manufacturing began to shift toward mass production using workers and machinery. To keep up with the new demand, many companies forced workers to suffer through abysmal conditions, including a lack of fresh air, long hours, and unsanitary and unsafe working facilities. During this time, the average American worked for 12 hours a day for seven days a week.
For obvious reasons, workers were not happy with these conditions. To demand better treatment, hours, and pay, they began to form labor unions. These unions organized strikes, held rallies, and spoke out about the rights of workers. The Haymarket Riot, a violent protest in Chicago in 1886, is one of the better-known events of this period. The day we now celebrate as Labor Day began with a much more peaceful event, however. In 1882, 10,000 workers, taking an unpaid day off, marched in New York City on the first Monday in September. After this, many states began recognizing the first Monday in September as a holiday, but Labor Day didn’t become an official United States holiday until 1894.
The Workforce Today
Today, there are millions of workers in the United States, and thankfully working conditions are much better than they were during the Industrial Revolution. But even so, workers still face dangers in the workplace. In 2015, there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplaces injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were also 4,836 fatal injuries. Injuries vary depending on the occupation, but many workplace injuries involve falls, mishaps with heavy equipment, or sprains, strains, and other painful injuries.
Resources for Workers
When a worker is injured, workers’ compensation benefits help them pay for medical expenses and compensate for lost wages until they can get back on their feet. As personal injury attorneys, we know that workers’ compensation can be a tricky, complex subject. So in celebration of Labor Day, we’ve put together a handy list of our workers’ compensation resources:
- The Most Dangerous Jobs
- Workers’ Compensation Fraud
- Car Accidents at Work
- Occupational Hearing Loss
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Mental Injuries at Work
- Workplace Violence
- Drug Testing in the Workplace
Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!
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