Ahhh… a last summertime tea moment – what will you be doing this Labour Day weekend to celebrate?

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What are we celebrating?

Labour 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. Since 1894 it has constituted a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our countries.

gratitude - obama quoteMore than a century ago, workers were forced to deal with harsh conditions. They were paid little and they often worked 10 to 12 hour days regardless of age or health. These workers fought for higher pay and shorter workdays for all – past, present and future.

The first Labour Day holiday was celebrated with a parade, picnics and fireworks, similar to today. While some of us prefer to spend the long weekend on the road to enjoy the last of our summer vacation, others have backyard barbecues with friends and family, taking the opportunity to rest and relax.

No matter how you spend your Labour Day weekend, remember to pause, reflect and give thanks to those who came before us to show our appreciation for their commitment and endurance to evolve all of our working conditions. It is these more respectful working conditions that are now providing pressure for increasing labour standards for workers around the world.

So enjoy a tea moment or two reflecting on the gift of past generations’ persistent efforts and sacrifices.

Know we are blessed to be here now, experiencing a long weekend and mostly good working conditions.

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What is most important to you about Labour Day?
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Comments (19)

  1. PeleeFarmer

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    I am going to labour this Labour Day weekend – but it will be a labour of love. Canning corn, tomato sauce, peaches, and green beans to store up some more “jars of summer” that will bring warmth to the dark dreary days of winter. There will be a jar of home made iced tea at hand for sure!

  2. Vilma Pacheco

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    I am going to celebrate the end of a very hot summer with a cook out with family and friends and looking forward to fall and the upcoming holidays. Of course, with my Libre mug by my side to enjoy my tea.

  3. crystal

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    Labour Day is a time when i look back on the fun Summer memories and look forward to making new memories in the upcoming seasons.

  4. Erin W

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    Labour Day this year is about my hubby finally taking a day off, and spending the day as a family with our 1 year old little girl. We have a great breakfast planned, and then a great little hike.

  5. Rachel Dawson

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    The most important thing to me about Labour Day is sharing it with my loved ones. This also entails packing & cleaning because we are moving into our new home in a couple of weeks. Have a great holiday!

  6. jules

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    a chance to celebrate the upcoming fall season with family and friends over a cookout 🙂

  7. Nicole Sender

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    What is most important about Labor Day is to remember the sacrifices that others in years past made to improve working conditions. I will be at work on Labor Day.

  8. Julian S

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    I will be spending the day with my family laboring away at home preparing for another school year. We will also take the entire day to be together as a family before the high octane pace of the fall and winter pulls us in different directions. Spending time with those that matter most is what labour day is about.

  9. loriag

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    Labour Day for us is a great time to spend with family. We take the whole weekend to enjoy. Friday was fireworks, Saturday was spent reuniting with relatives, and Sunday and Monday close family time.

  10. Dayle B.

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    Labor Day is to reflect on the History of the workers in the past,
    Offer our heartfelt thanks for making the workforce a safer and
    better place to work in because of their efforts. Will raise my
    tea cup to them for sure. Great giveaway too.

  11. Reply

    my thoughts are two fold – 1) close to home, this is the final day of summer holidays before school starts tomorrow and I am enjoying the family 2) I also say a small prayer for all those that gave of themselves so we could have humane labour conditions today

  12. Amber G.

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    What is most important to me about Labor Day is the time it gives people to reflect on current labor situations around the world, and how they can help to improve them. I think that the Fair Trade movement is a worldwide reflection of Labor Day in that it ensures farmers and growers are getting fair wages and treatment.

  13. Jennifer P

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    I think that on labour day it is important to stop and remember workers who struggled before us to ensure that we have the benefits and working conditions that we enjoy; that we remember, even as some of these rights and benefits are currently being eroded, that it is up to us to fight to ensure that they endure, and are even better, for futre generations; and lastly we should remember that that are still millions of people around the world who deserve to enjoy those same woking conditions and benefits and it is up to us to use our voices, voting privileges, and buying power, to ensure that they too are treated with respect and dignity.

  14. Gracie

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    Labor Day reminds me of BBQ at my grandmothers house with the family, potluck style. Big backyard, picnic tables, plants & trees, kids everywhere. Distinct memory is my dad & his brothers would call each other ‘Labor’, they were hardworking men providing for their families & knew the meaning of work in this country.

  15. Mary

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    I enjoyed my labor day with neighbors and friends and BBQ after BBQ! I think it’s important to be with people and be celebrating the labors of the past year. Of course, relaxing after all the festivities with some tea sounds like a great tradition, too 🙂

  16. David

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    A rest before autumn
    After a summer of toil
    Sun tea and twilight breezes
    Rustle into a smoky orange
    The kettle sings, a-boil

    ~ Libre Day

  17. melissa

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    Labour day always symbolized the end of one season and the beginning of a new. The air always hangs with feelings of familiar anticipation, bitter and sweet. You can see the hustle and bustle of back to school happening before you, mixed with the most important memory of spending those last minutes enjoying family and friends.

  18. Barb

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    It is estimated that over seven hundred workers have lost their lives during strikes organized to fight for safer working conditions, shorter hours and higher wages. This spirit continues as fast food workers and medical personnel attempt to raise awareness about living wages. Solidarity!

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