The first Monday in September is “Labor Day” in the United States. For many, the holiday symbolizes the end of Summer, but it is really intended to celebrate the American worker. The exact origin of Labor Day is the subject of some dispute, but it seems to have been originally proposed in 1882. Over the following years, a number of States celebrated Labor Day. Finally, in 1894, the U.S. Congress passed legislation creating Labor Day as a national holiday.

In this recording, originally published in 2010, Rob Mark talks about the history of Labor Day and his own role in labor unions, including the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike, the rise of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the Airline Pilots Association (APA).

 

3 Responses to “Episode 212.5 – Labor Day”

  1. […] Airplane Geeks Episode 212.5 – Labor Day. Or if you prefer to read, here’s a link to a quick reprise to some other thoughts about why Labor Day should still be important to us here in the states. […]

    September 3rd, 2012 | 8:22 am
  2. I would say that Labor Day has it’s own significance to different people. Either way I appreciate having this day off and being able to spend some time with my family.

    September 12th, 2012 | 11:29 am
  3. […] For those of you with an interest in the old days and a look at how we arrived where we are today, especially in the airline industry, allow me to point you to the radio segment I produced last year for the Geeks. It’s as relevant today as a year ago. Airplane Geeks Episode 212.5 – Labor Day. […]

    September 2nd, 2013 | 9:08 am
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