Posted August 8, 2006
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Labor Day 2006
History: The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union on September 5, 1882, in New York City. The CLU held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later and began to urge unions in other cities to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and by 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers around the country. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, the US Congress designated the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
NYC Labor Day Parade 2006
March with Actors' Equity - Join us !
Sponsored by the Central Labor Council, NYC's Annual Labor Day Parade up Fifth Avenue takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2006. Join AEA and other 4As Unions in the line-up on East 44th Street at 10 AM. Parade kicks off at 11 AM.
Free t-shirts for all participants. Info: Communications Dept. 212.869.8530 x 330.
On Sunday, September 10, Unions and friends of Labor are invited to "Celebrate the Dignity of the Worker," a Labor Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 10:15 AM. Please bring Union Banners for the processional.
Links for more information on what to do and how to help:
Take Action www.aflcio.org/network
-Freedom to Form A Union
-Urge Fair Share Health Care Act in Your Area
Buy Union and Save www.unionplus.org/union-made-savings.cfm
-Check out these Union-Made discounts
Support Equity Theatres
-Make sure you're buying an Equity show. When you buy tickets, make sure that the show you're seeing is an Actors' Equity production. Look for the Equity emblem in the lobby or at the box office. If in doubt, call Equity.
Equity maintains a list of current national tours www.actorsequity.org/newsmedia/touring_main.asp
Show Union Pride
-Put AEA in your Bio, make the public aware that you belong to a Union www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/news2006/AddAEA.asp