The Legacy of Labor Day
By: Zoe Denckla With all the parades, barbecues and back-to-school sales, it's easy to look past the purpose of this holiday weekend. So why is Labor Day Labor Day? As a response to poor working conditions including long days, little pay, and hazardous environments, on September 5th, 1882, members of the central labor union skipped work and took to the streets to demand better. By 1894, this became a national holiday recognizing workers' contributions to America’s economic strength and achievement.
Why Did Essential Workers Strike at Hunts Point?
Hunts Point is the country’s largest wholesale produce market and it’s in the South Bronx. Workers there voted to strike on Sunday, January 17th. This past Saturday, after six days on the picket line, they popped champagne to celebrate their agreement with management on a new contract.