Happy Labor Day to our American readers! The USA celebrates the contribution of workers and the labour movement on the first Monday in September and has been doing so as a national public holiday since 1894.
Following the Haymarket Riot in May 1886 – the traditional month in which international workers day is celebrated – there was an attempt to deflect attention from the more socialist connotations of May Day, and thus Labor Day began to be celebrated in September instead.
The TUC Library has a unique collection of Labor Day and May Day material from many different countries. The library also contains an extensive collection of material relating to US trade unions and the US labour movement.