Most of us think of it as the unofficial end of summer.
We fire up our barbeques (add picture of a barbeque on sale) or go to the beach for the last time. Maybe we attend a parade—or watch one on TV from the comfort of our favorite easy chair. (add picture of easy chairs on sale) The NASCAR 500 auto race is held on Labor Day weekend and the NFL traditionally plays their kickoff game the Thursday after Labor Day. It’s an American tradition!
These days, most of us shop the Labor Day sales, like the BIG Labor Day Sale going on now at Walker Furniture. Retailers claim Labor Day is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to Black Friday. 1 But there’s more to it than that!
Walker Furniture Pays Tribute
Walker Furniture IS, hands down, about providing you the best deal your money can buy for furniture and mattresses! We offer the lowest prices guaranteed ANYWHERE!
Walker’s great Labor Day sales provide you with the opportunity to get a great deal for your home because we want to give back to you—the American Worker—something of what you’ve given us! It’s like music to our ears!
Labor’s First “Day:” September 5, 1882
Labor Day was created by the labor movement to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers, to pay tribute to the contributions you’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country.
On that first morning, 117 years ago, spectators poured into lower Manhattan for the first Labor Day parade and "... union men on horseback, men wearing regalia, men with society aprons, and men with flags, badges, and the paraphernalia of a procession…" came to gather.
By 10 a.m., the Grand Marshall was ready to start the parade, but no one had music. Machinist Mathew Maguire of the Central Labor Union of New York (the father of Labor Day) finally spotted 200 marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark in the distance—and they had a band! Playing "When I First Put This Uniform On," 25,000 men and women from various unions eventually marched lower Manhattan to post-parade speeches, a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and "Lager beer kegs." 2
New York’s parade inspired the creation of labor unions in other cities and states, and in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday. Cleveland proposed a street parade that demonstrated "the strength and esprit de corps of the community trade and labor organizations" followed by a festival for the workers and their families.
Later, more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the labor movement. 70-hour weeks caused organizers to focus on creating the 8-hour work day and give workers regular days off.
Labor Day in the 21st Century!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 14.8 million union members in the workforce in 2017. The vital force of labor has contributed to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known.
Today’s biggest labor union, the National Education Association, has 3 million active and lifetime members. Walker consistently honors our teachers by supporting education programs in Clark County Schools: “Elevate Your GPA” subsidizes dropout prevention efforts for high school kids; “Project Imagine” supports art experiences for hospitalized children; “All About Reading” promotes literacy in the schools; and “Nevada Strong: Healing Through Community” donates photography equipment to children to help them create hope and healing.
Hot Dogs and Soda, Live Entertainment, Larry’s Special Prices, and Same Day Delivery! How Fun is That!
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs! Come on over to Walker Furniture’s 2 great superstore locations at 301 S. MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD., LAS VEGAS, NV 89106 and 671 MARKS ST. HENDERSON, NV 89014 and do your part! You’ll be glad you did!