Wow. Labor Day. It takes me by surprise every single year. And it probably always will. But living in Chicago now, it was brought to my attention that Labor Day was actually born during the Pullman Strike, which is a neighborhood right here. Unions versus Railroads in the late 19th century. As you can imagine, it was a very tense situation, and the unions were eventually restrained by the government interceding. And at the end of it all, to try and repair the relationship between the government and unions, Labor Day was born.
Nowadays Labor Day is more about store sales, last BBQ’s, and family get-togethers. We at PinMart start to pull out our fall clothes, spend more time helping schools create mascot lapel pins than we do baseball teams create trading pins, and gearing up for things like football season and autumn leaves. It’s definitely not the tumultuous time that invented our modern Labor Day.
It’s good to remember where these things come from though. And good to celebrate how far we’ve come! Parades and memorials on Labor day, recognition pins at business meetings, and genuine thanks given to our service men and women. The hardships of others in generations past have left us with a wonderful place to call home. And we’re still building on the dreams and the ideals of the past. Hopefully someday, future generations will be able to look back on the struggles we’ve gone through in our time and raise a glass, or make some pins, in our honor.