Actually, labor day should be called Marxist Indoctrination Day. It's roots are deeply anchored in Marxist thought.
Karl Marx published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. The first Labor Day in the United States was observed in 1882 - just 34 years later. And guess who promoted and sponsored this first Labor Day? The CENTRAL LABOR UNION of New York!
Just like now, even then the labor unions had already become front organizations for the budding Communist movement. Under the guise of "helping labor", the labor unions were nothing more than organizations promoting Marxist ideas like the "workers' struggle", "worker exploitation", the "unfairness" of the capitalist system, and the "inequality" of capitalism. These are central tenets of Communist/Marxist thought and the labor unions were the "community organizers" working to gin up hatred towards capitalism. They were the actual muscle fueling and promoting the Communist movement. And they still are.
The fact that today few people draw any connections between the words "LABOR Day" and "labor unions" and Communist thought is a testament to just how deeply Marxists (usually called liberals or progressives to disguise their true identity) have taken over our Child Indoctrination Centers (usually called public schools)!
The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the CENTRAL LABOR UNION of New York. The form for the celebration of Labor Day 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," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil 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. (i.e. MARXIST INDOCTRINATION SUNDAY).
It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CENTRAL LABOR UNION of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years.
If the holiday were merely to honor the achievements of American workers, why was it dedicated to the "spiritual and EDUCATIONAL aspects of the Labor MOVEMENT"? What exactly did they want to educate us about? If you look at the history of the "labor movement" you'll see it is all about taking the theoretical aspects of Marx and putting them into real-world practice. That's why labor unions shed no tears when they put a company or industry completely out of business. Or when they make business so expensive to conduct that U.S. companies are forced to move to more business-friendly places - like CHINA! Marxism is all about the destruction of capitalism. And no entity has contributed more to the destruction of American business than labor unions.
Understanding the Connections:
The Haymarket Affair (we should all know about this)
The Communist Manifesto
The Proletarian Revolution (The Worker's Revolution)
Wage Labor & Capital