Labor Day : June 28, 1894
ers, including children, often toiled through 12-hour days and seven-day weeks for just a dollar or two a day. The working conditions were even more appalling than the hours.
Labor Day became a federal holiday, signed into law by Grover Cleveland on June 28, 1894. Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor and important supporter of the spirit of Labor Day stated "Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."