LABOR DAY HISTORY
Monday marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.
■ What does the holiday commemorate? It recognizes the social and economic achievements of American workers.
■ Who started it? History isn’t clear on this, but either Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, or Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey, came up with the idea.
■ When did it become a national holiday? President Grover Cleveland signed a law June 28, 1894, making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.