Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day 2013 (Why We're Not Working Today)


Hey?  What are YOU doing here? 

Shouldn't you be at work? 

Oh, that's right, today is Labor Day! 
Today is the National Holiday President Grover Cleveland set aside to celebrate the existence of Unionized American Workers, Labor Unions, and Political Cronies!  

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But let me ask you this:  Do you know WHY you're home from work today? 

Do you know the reason for Labor Day, and why it's celebrated in September? 
 

Do you ever think about those questions while you're trying to get the Chicken to cook on the BBQ without 'torching'?  Hmm, well, do ya, do ya???
 

If, however, you are at work today, or this evening, please accept my sincere apologies.  My wife is a Nurse Practioner, and since she has a 'real job' (defined here as 'Saving Lives, Administering care to the sick, caring for the dying, and in general, waiting for ObamaCare to destroy her livelihood) she often works on Labor Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, Ground Hog Day, Thanksgiving, Arbor Day and, you know, all the other MAJOR national holidays.
 

As for the rest of us?  Oh yes, Labor Day is a day of 'leisure'. 

It is a day in which Americans celebrate "stickin' it to the man" one last time by NOT showing up for work on a Monday during the waning days of summer.  

So let's take a moment to do an EXCLUSIVE Moos Room Investigation of:

"THE ORIGIN(s) OF LABOR DAY"! 

Gird your loins, we're going in...

Q.:  Who was the 'Founder of Labor Day'?

A.:  Great question, please ask another!


FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WEBSITE:  "More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. 

 
.Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."





But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic."
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Moos Translation:  "A Demonstration and a picnic" in my mind = Dinner AND a show! 


Unions adopted the Labor Day 'concept' to prove that they were united, that they could get together to drink beer, eat chicken, and get disorderly WHENEVER they wanted to and there was 'nothing' their employer could do about it.  (So there, nana nana boo boo!) 

In 1883, a union member was quoted as saying, "BRRRRAAAAPPPP...  Oh yeah, AND we're gonna work on getting FREE health care so we don't have to pay for nothin'!"  (Sorry, I made that part up - but you know one of them was thinking it...)


 

Q.:  Can you tell me about the First Labor Day?

A.:  I could, but then I'd have to kill you. 


Noooo, just kidding...  

OKAY,  SINCE YOU ASKED:   "
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.


In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Moos Translation:  "Hey, how come THOSE guys got off for the day and WE didn't?  We're in a UNION too, darn it, and we want a day off!  We WANT a day off, we WANT a day OOOOFFFFFFFFF! 

Oh, and one more thing, we want FREE health care for us, I mean, errr, for all Americans!  Yeah, for ALL American Union members!  (Unless, of course, it means we'll have to be on the plan the rest of THEM are on...)


. Q.:  When did 'Labor Day' become a national holiday?

A.:  On June 28th, 1894


WHAT, NO WISECRACK?  Come on people, it's a 'date'!  'Dates' are not funny things. 

Unless, of course, it's about night I first met my wife in a bar, but that is Waaaayyy inappropriate for a post on Labor Day.  Plus, as everyone KNOWS, it's been a LABOR OF LOVE ever since.  (Yeah, I've still got it...)



. Q.:  Hey, how come so many other countries celebrate their 'International Worker's Day' in May (a.k.a.:  May Day), and we're stuck with the first Monday of September at the END of Summer?

A.:  President Grover Cleveland didn't want blood in the streets of major U.S. cities while he was in office...  


WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? 

According to Wikipedia:  "In countries other than the United States and Canada, resident working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday and their efforts largely succeeded.

For this reason, in most of the world today, May Day is marked by massive street rallies led by workers, their trade unions, anarchists and various communist and socialist parties." 

Getting Unions, Anarchists, Communists, and Socialist together to 'throw down' for a day?  Now THAT does sound like an Labor Day Occupation Party!!! 



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"God bless them," Pelosi said, "for their spontaneity.  It's independent ... it's young, it's spontaneous, and it's focused. And it's going to be effective." 

Oops, sorry, wrong century, that quote was Nancy Pelosi talking about the "Occupy Everything" movement from a few years ago...  

When you're talking about Socialists, Anarchists, Union Labor, Socialists, and Communists, they all sound alike after a century of Progressivism.

CONTINUING FROM WIKIPEDIA: 
"The first Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882, and was organized by the Knights of Labor. The Knights began holding it every year and called for it to be a national holiday, but this was opposed by other labor unions who wanted it held on May Day (as it is everywhere else in the world).

After the Haymarket Square riot in May, 1886, President Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the riots.


Thus he moved in 1887 to support the Labor Day that the Knights supported."




 
Moos Translation:  To quote Jim Morrison and the Doors, President Cleveland was trying to avoid the following (which he feared would arise if US Labor Unions celebrated the May 1st date):
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Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven
Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice
Blood in my love in the terrible summer
Bloody red sun of fantastic L.A.

Blood screams the pain as they chop off her fingers
Blood will be born in the birth of a nation
Blood is the rose of mysterious union
There's blood in the streets, it's up to my ankles

Blood in the streets, it's up to my knee
Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago
Blood on the rise, it's following me"

In case YOU were looking, I found the 'Official DOL Labor Day Poster of 2012'.  You can view (and PRINT) it by clicking HERE.  

I mention it because I'm sure you'll want a copy and stick it up on your wall today (make sure you have a few darts handy)! 

I couldn't find the 2014 DOL Labor Day Poster, perhaps the guy who drew the one from last year was laid off? 

Whoa, can you SMELL the irony???


In conclusion:

If you have a good day today, hug a Teamster!

If you have a bad day today, keep it to yourself, I'm on vacation!

If you are a Union Member, THANKS for the day off, Comrade Worker!

If you are a Non-Unionized Employee, thanks for doing your job every day and not whining about it!

If you work in a mixed work environment (in a Management AND Craft (a.k.a.:  Union shop)) like I used too, well, you have my sympathies!  Don't get a grievance filed on you!  Smile and just say 'thanks' to the Shop Steward for not writing you up!


If you are Jim Morrison (still alive in France or some other God-Forsaken European country), I'm sorry that you're not with us any more, although those lyrics dude, seriously, what was up with those lyrics? 

If you are looking for someone to thank for all the "Hope" and "Change" which you've been living through lately? 

Just look for the Union Label!


And while I'm thinking about the Union Label, how could I possibly leave out 'The Ladies International Garment Workers Union'?  (Although, isn't MOST of the clothing we buy today manufactured off-shore in third-world countries?  Huh, I wonder why that is?)





Maybe the 'Union Label' just cost too much?  Boy am I GLAD that the most successful Unions remaining run our government, build our cars (for the government) and teach our kids! 

There's some peace of mind for you to end the post with...


It's okay, go ahead an have that icy amber beverage now, you deserve it.  




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