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Monday, August 29, 2016
Happy Labor Day 2016

Labor DayLabor Day is an annual celebration of the hard work and dedication of American workers to the well-being of our society. Each one, through their respective industries, makes this country the thriving nation that it is. Although the holiday is celebrated with joyful festivities such as picnics and parades, it is rooted in the efforts of past American workers to improve the working conditions of the United States’ labor force.

During the height of the American Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, many workers across the country were faced with unfair and unsafe working conditions. They worked long hours and seven day work weeks in factories for pay that was only enough to make a basic living. The facilities were unclean, and they lacked insufficient access to fresh air. Children were even working in these conditions in some states. In response to these conditions, workers joined together as unions to protest and gain more favorable working conditions.

The protests peaked on June 26th, 1894, when the American Railroad Union led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of the Pullman railway cars in Chicago. The effects of the boycott crippled the railroad traffic worldwide. In order to end the boycott, the federal government sent troops to Chicago, which led to a wave of riots that resulted in the death of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Therefore, in remembrance of the efforts of past American workers to improve working conditions and the current dedication of workers to our labor force, CWW wishes you a happy Labor Day! In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2016. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water related emergencies, please call 706-649-3400.

Enjoy your holiday! For more information on the history of Labor Day, please visit http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

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