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Author:  Doug Lang
E-mail:  dalang@telus.net
Date:  9/1/2003 12:47:43 PM
Subject:  Re: Live chat
Message:  "Labor Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. In most other countries — and among the leftists in the United States and Canada — May Day (May 1) is the more celebrated date."

-from a 2001 encyclopedia

My father was a strong unionist back when
it mattered most and was involved with the CCF
in its early days, a Saskatchewan-born
political party which became the NDP,
now our federal New Democratic Party,
the left-of-center labor-based party.
Dad hosted strategy meetings in our house
which is where I learned all the words
that dictionaries don't print
and also learned to smoke, secondhand.
He's old now, in his 80's, but thinks
the WTO has destroyed in a decade
what it took a century of sacrifice
to initiate and to build.
I know, no politics on the board...
this is just a historical note
on the origins of Labor Day in North America
and a personal note on the house I grew up in.

 Live chat by Magne  at 9/1/2003 11:26:10 AM
 Re: Live chat by Karen R at 9/1/2003 12:02:09 PM
 Re: Live chat by Phil at 9/1/2003 12:08:47 PM
 Re: Live chat by Karen R  at 9/1/2003 12:17:49 PM
 Re: Live chat by Phil at 9/1/2003 12:47:36 PM
 Re: Live chat by Doug Lang  at 9/1/2003 12:47:43 PM
 Re: Live chat by Phil at 9/1/2003 12:50:57 PM
 Re: Live chat by Randy b  at 9/2/2003 5:57:55 AM
 Labor day? by Lonesome Charlie at 9/7/2003 1:36:04 AM
 hahahahahahah! by Lonesome Charlie Day at 9/7/2003 1:41:18 AM