Question answered: What is Labor Day? - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Question answered: What is Labor Day?

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(WTVM) – On Monday, Sept. 7, we celebrate Labor Day - but there are some out there who do not know what the holiday represents.

Dr. Fred Gordon, the chair for the department of political science at CSU, gave an explanation for those that don’t know.

"Labor Day stands for a reaffirmation of workers’ rights and basically a way to value that people not just corporations but people, as individuals have an important role in society,” Gordon said.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the U.S. when Congress passed an act honoring the day in 1894 after several states passed laws of their own.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, according to the U.S. Department of Labor website.

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