For most Americans Labor Day is celebrated by a long weekend of picnics, barbecues, or perhaps spending time on the beach with family and friends. It's a time to squeeze in that last vacation before the kids go back to school. However, Labor Day is more than just the symbolic end of Summer.
The first American Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882. A street parade was formed to display to the general public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations". This tradition continues with parades and celebrations each year throughout the country. With Detroit's strong union labor roots, its' Labor Day Parade is one of the most prominent. Often labor organizations feature political themes and appearances by officials or candidates running for office.
At Hoyt, Brumm & Link we value greatly the relationship we have built with our labor partners. We could not have enjoyed our successes, had it not been for the hard work and dedication of our employees. Again this year, we will be donating our company stake truck to the "Pipe Fitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Local 636" for the Detroit Labor Day Parade. It is only a small gesture of appreciation for our fine labor force, from both Local 636 and Plumbers Local 98.
So enjoy the barbecue, but please also take a moment to consider the importance of our nation's labor movement.