What is Labor Day?

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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