Labor Day: What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible? Weekends without work All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks Paid vacation Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Sick leave Social Security Minimum wage Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination 8-hour work day Overtime pay Child labor laws Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) 40-hour work week Workers' compensation (workers' comp) Unemployment insurance Pensions Workplace safety standards and regulations Employer health care insurance Collective bargaining rights for employees Wrongful termination laws Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) Whistleblower protection laws Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS) Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises) Sexual harassment laws Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Holiday pay Employer dental, life, and vision insurance Privacy rights Pregnancy and parental leave Military leave The right to strike Public education for children Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work Laws ending sweatshops in the United States Without labor unions, injustices that we experience in the US would be closer to slavery practiced when Black people were first brought to its shores. There's still work left to do to change continuing injustices in our society but at least there are 36 reasons to celebrate Labor Day in America.