Celebrating Labor Day

Council 4 Secretary Clarke King, Local 2930 President Joe Cirigliano and Local 1161 President Richard Rivera at the AFL-CIO Labor Day kickoff.

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. It's a time to honor the contributions of working men and women. And it's a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the labor movement in building our middle class.

The first Labor Day parade, held on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" whose members took unpaid time off to march through the streets of New York.

In Connecticut, union members kicked off Labor Day 2014 with a breakfast rally at the Machinists Union Hall in East Hartford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman were the keynote speakers.

"As I travel around the state this weekend," the governor told a packed hall of 150, "I will be thinking of labor and its contributions." (Click here for a photo gallery of the Labor Day kickoff in East Hartford.)

Have a happy Labor Day weekend.

And thanks to all of our members who make Connecticut happen every day, with special thanks to those who will be working this holiday weekend to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Here are some interesting links to help you learn more about Labor Day and the challenges facing working Americans: