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On the first Monday of September many of us are afforded a day of rest and relaxation which we commonly refer to as “Labor Day”, yet, we seldom recall the significance of the national holiday. It is commonly believed that Labor Day marks the end of the glorious days of summer, and a return to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Yet, Labor Day began as a series of protests in the early 1800’s centered around what we know refer to as a “work/life balance”.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution – a prolific movement from physical labor to the introduction of machinery – children under the age of 10 worked beside their adult counterparts toiling away for more than 12 hours a day, seven days a week, in mines and factories. It was during the 1800’s and in response to the working conditions of many Americans that labor unions began to form. On September 5, 1882, it is reported that more than 10,000 workers in New York gathered to march from City Hall to protest working conditions ranging from hours required, the rate of pay, and the unsafe work environments.

Although this is believed to have been the first Labor Day parade, thus, marking the beginning of the holiday, it was not recognized as an official national holiday until June 28, 1894, when President Cleveland signed it into law. This Labor Day marks more than 200 years since American workers rose up to demand changes that would benefit not only themselves but the succession of workers who would come behind them for centuries.

As we celebrate Labor Day this year, it is the earnest hope of all of us at LMP that each of you are enjoying an employment opportunity that you appreciate as much as you are appreciated. If not, consider a career in the green industry – we are always on the lookout for our next team member. Maybe its you?!

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