NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Most working Americans had the day off this Labor Day, but a lot of people did begin their work week on Monday.
The first Monday in September is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the labor movement, but nearly one in four Americans did work this Labor Day.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, twenty-three percent of private-sector workers don’t get paid holidays off. This applies to most low-wage workers.
For most people, it marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year. Many schools return to school tomorrow, including those here in Northampton.
Andrew Carter of Northampton told 22News he feels the day, saying, “It’s nice to have a little appreciation for the guys that just make things tick and work in society, the guy who does your drywall and paves your driveway, who really matter.”
The Labor Day holiday first went into effect in Oregon in February, 1887. Massachusetts and three other states followed suit later that year. By 1894, Congress passed an act making every state observe the holiday.