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Supervisor Puglisi's Labor Day Message

Release Date: August 30, 2017

“In the Town of Cortlandt we are grateful to all of our employees who are dedicated to our community and to our residents.  Thank you all for your work and efforts.”

 

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 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 including the District of Columbia and the territories.  And the rest is history!

 

Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend!

 

Supervisor Linda Puglisi