What is Labor Day?

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September for more than a century, but some Brooklyn residents who spoke to News 12

The holiday was created to recognize the achievements of American workers.

The holiday was created to recognize the achievements of American workers. (9/2/13)

BROOKLYN - Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September for more than a century, but some Brooklyn residents who spoke to News 12 aren't sure why.

The U.S. Department of Labor says that the holiday was started by unions as a way to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Oregon was first to pass a bill into law that made it an official state holiday.

Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882.  

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