Who started Labor Day?

Like most cultural events, there is still some doubt over its origination.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters was first in suggesting a day to honor working men and women.

But many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday.

Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

What is clear however is that the Central Labor Union adopted the Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

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