In 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September Labor Day. It was created in recognition of the American labor movement and the great contribution of the American worker.
America has been built by the labor of hard working men and women. Up until the mid 1800’s, most employment was related to agriculture. With the rapid growth of our country, more goods and machinery were needed. Industrialists built factories to increase productivity. To fill those newly created factory jobs, scores of workers left the farm, including former slaves. This began the industrial revolution
Many factory workers were compelled to work extremely long hours in dangerous conditions for little pay. To combat this injustice, the labor movement began. Unions were organized to fight for workers’ safety, and to keep more of the fruit of their labor.
The American free market system created vast opportunities and an open job market where workers could seek careers that fulfill their God given purpose. Immigrants from around the world continue to come to our country to find the American dream. Unlike totalitarian countries where the government assigns where you work, the American worker has job mobility like no other nation.
Labor has achieved great gains over the years. Today, worker safety has never been higher. With low unemployment, employers are competing for workers and wages are on the rise. Labor Day is a tribute to you, the American worker who have built the United States of America.
Pray that God continues to keep His hand on our great nation and blesses us with peace and prosperity.
Ecclesiastes 5:18, “I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people to eat, to drink and find enjoyment in their hard work on earth, during the few days of their life that God has given them, for this is their reward”.