A Brief History of Labor Day
You probably only think of Labor Day as the first Monday in September, a time when you enjoy cookouts with friends and family and say goodbye to summer. But it’s much more than that.
A scattering of U.S. cities first started recognizing Labor Day in the mid-1880s. Shortly afterward, a movement started gaining momentum to have the day recognized by state governments. Oregon was the first state to pass a law recognizing the holiday in 1887, and that same year four more states (New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Colorado) followed suit. A total of 32 states had adopted the holiday by 1894, which was the year Congress made the first Monday in September a national holiday.
Why We Fight
But even though our country honors workers on Labor Day, there are far too many instances where employees are unfairly treated. Our employment law division fights for workers who fall victim to unfair pay violations.
The concept of fair compensation made America great, and it’s what we continue to fight for at Baron & Budd. Whenever we see a company breaking the law by cheating employees out of their deserved overtime compensation, or we see an oilfield worker laid off without proper notice – in clear violation of the law – we will act to uphold their rights.