Wednesday, August 28, 2013

THE HISTORY OF LABOR DAY

Labor Day: How it Came About-What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Founder of Labor Day

The father of labor day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."
But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "working men's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Information provide by U.S Dept of Labor 
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Is your vehicle MORE likely to get stolen?

Do any of these surprise you?


Top 10 Vehicles Targeted for THEFT 
in the US

#1 HONDA Accord
#2 HONDA Civic
#3 FORD Pick Up - Full Size
#4 CHEVROLET Pick Up- Full Size
#5 TOYOTA Camry
#6 DODGE Caravan
#7 DODGE Pick Up- Full Size
#8 ACURA Integra
#9 NISSAN Altima
#10 NISSAN Maxima

Top 10 Vehicles Targeted for THEFT in MO

#1 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
#2 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
#3 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
#4 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
#5 Dodge Caravan
#6 Pontiac Grand Prix
#7 Ford Taurus
#8 Chevrolet Impala
#9 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Small Size)
#10 Honda Accord


Top 10 Vehicles Targeted for THEFT in KS

#1 Honda Accord
#2 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
#3 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
#4 Honda Civic
#5 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
#6 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Small Size)
#7 Ford Taurus
#8 Dodge Caravan
#9 Dodge Intrepid
#10 Chevrolet Impala

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Monday, August 19, 2013

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Friday, August 9, 2013

A Radical New Prius? Hmm



Motor Trend is reporting that a 
"Radical New Prius" 
is in the pipeline over at Toyota 
with a release date in 
Spring of 2015. 

 The 4 Main Revisions on the new Prius 
will be the New Design Styling,  
a Lower Curb Weight
a new more Compact Hybrid System
and a Lower Center of Gravity


You can read more of the article at  Motor Trend New Prius