Happy Labor Day! We're all happy to get a long weekend and let's use a little of that extra time to celebrate the real reason for the holiday.
The first Labor Day happened in 1882 and it was officially recognized as a national holiday in 1894.
The day is a tribute to American workers and the progress made by the labor movement, both socially and economically. And whether you're a union member or not, you reap the benefits of the labor movement (which has strong roots here in Chicago)... things like the 5 day work week, 8 hour workday, overtime, holidays and vacations all came from the early labor movement. And there are many places in the world that don't have those benefits that we take as a standard of living.
As you fire up the grill and enjoy the end of summer, take a moment to give thanks for why we get this day off.
Happy Labor Day!