The first Labor Day parade was held in 1882 when unions in New York threw a parade that drew more than 20,000 people—even though they had to give up a day’s pay to march.
This year’s Labor Day celebrations will likely be much smaller and more subdued than this first one nearly 140 years ago, due to the ongoing pandemic.
But your contributions to our country over the past year could not be more impressive, crucial and worthy of celebrating. If not for you, our country would not be able to keep functioning, moving forward and helping Americans as it has during this crisis and each one before it.
Labor Day celebrates the role of unions and union members in building and supporting the rights of working people. You can take pride knowing that your support of NTEU has helped our union improve the workplace today and for generations of federal employees to come.
So, thank you for everything you continue to do for our country and for your membership in our union. Please be safe, enjoy the day with family and friends, and if you’re on the job this weekend, thank you for your service.