September 5, 2011 by USA Post
Labor Day, When the Labor Day holiday began well documented. Who first suggested the party is not so clear. Labor Day was first proposed in 1882, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website. Some historians say that Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest a day to honor those “who from rude nature have deepened and carved all here’s greatness. ”
However, many historians credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist, the first to suggest the party. They say Maguire, who later became secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey, proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Union of New York.
Either way, the Central Workers Union approved a proposal by Labor Day that year and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. The first Labor Day was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York under the direction of the Central Union.
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