Monday, September 7, 2009
Pres. Cleveland's Labors
A tip of the hat to Pres. Grover Cleveland for pushing through legislation making Labor Day a national holiday. September's honor of labor sets off the U.S. from most other countries. Canada honors labor on the first Monday in September, as well. Indeed, Pres. Cleveland's legislation was modeled in large part on the then-existing labor holiday in Canada. In many other countries, May Day is the International Workers' Day.