A Bit of Labor Day History & 50-Year Commitment from Remke
Labor Day was originally started as a way to honor the American worker, but only after it was the workers who stood up for themselves. As they started organizing into unions and challenging the companies they worked for, their voices were heard.
Harsh Working Environments at the Turn of the 20th Century
The working environment for many people near the turn of the century was anything but simple. It was hard, back-breaking work for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week just to be able to put food on the table.
It also wasn’t uncommon for small children to work in the same factories and conditions, for a tiny fraction of what adults were paid. Workers weren’t safe, and many were even dying on the job, but company owners were not held responsible.
Power in the Masses
As workers started to organize, and realize the power they held as a group, they helped to start a wave of policy changes.
Not only did they find reprieve from horrific working conditions, but for the first time took steps to hold companies accountable for safety and ethics.
Thus, child labor was eventually outlawed and working environments and safety were improved for all.
The First Labor Day Parade
The first unofficial Labor Day parade on September 5, 1882 was actually more of a picket line. 10,000 workers in New York City took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square.
It was only after cities across the nation adopted the “working man’s holiday”, and the fateful the Pullman Palace Car Company strike of 1894 did the Federal Government create a national holiday.
To build bridges with workers, Congress made Labor Day official, although it is still debated which man should be given credit.
Old Photos of Early Labor Day Celebrations
US Manufacturing has come so far in 100 years!
Although sometimes the rules, regulations and compliance of industry can be a hassle, they are the cornerstone of safer working environments.
Ultimately, they have paved the way for incredible advances in manufacturing, technology and overall worker happiness, as well as sustainability and opportunity for growth that would have never happened otherwise.
Remke’s Lasting Commitment to Employees
As we look back on our 50+ years, Remke is proud to say that we have a bright history of serving our employees. 5 things we learned in the first 50 years.
One of our missions as a company is to treat every employee well, and value the contributions and opinions of each. We recognize that this is a vital part of providing excellent service to our customers.
Happy employees create happy customers, as evidenced by dozens of Remke employees with decade-plus tenure.
We’re also happy to say that our products are Made in the USA and used in the USA to keep America working in more ways than one.
We have every intention of helping our employees succeed in a value-driven working environment, providing excellent service and products to our customers.
Remke – connecting possibilities in thousands of ways.