Sunday, April 26, 2015

Labour Day a rich history or Death

Here we are again just a few weeks from The Labor  Day weekend, the last long weekend of the summer. Our town Grand Falls-Windsor has a rich history when it comes to Labor Day. In 1894 the first Monday in September was declared a holiday for labor through the efforts of American P.J. Mc Guire. Grand Falls and Grand Falls Station as they were known celebrated its first Labor Day on Monday September 6th, 1920. On April 5th, 1925 major trade unions consisting of blacksmiths, typographers, boilermakers and carpenters formed the Newfoundland Federation of Labor , in Grand Falls. Here we are again in 2010 on the heels of another   Labor Day. This year will mark a milestone in our history with what I hope will be the 90th annual Labor  Day celebrations. Labor in Grand Falls-Windsor will commemorate just as big a milestone in 2011 as we celebrate the 75 anniversary of the Federation of Labor being organized in Grand Falls-Windsor. Yes we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to Labor Day and its rich history. Are we as a community going to sit by the sidelines and watch it fade off into the sunset or are we going to stand up and do our small part. Labor  have provided the economic engine in our community for over one hundred years. Is it not only fitting that the Business Community continue to help in some small way by sponsoring loot bags for the kids and an afternoon of bingo, cards, and entertainment for our seniors. This would surely help lift the burden from the organizers who are trying to keep this celebration going , hopefully at least until we reach 100 years of celebrating , Labor  Day.

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