Monday, September 1, 2008
We celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. It started as a labor union "workingmens' holiday" in 1882 in New York City and spread to other unionized metropolitan areas until it was eventually made official by Congress in 1894. We celebrate the contribution workers have made to the strength and well being of our country.
The photograph above shows workers in Manhattan, many stories above ground, working on the Metropolitan Tower, facing the East River in New York City, circa 1908.