Sunday, May 1st is International Workers’ Day.
In the United States, we celebrate Labor Day in September. In other countries around the world, May 1st is recognized as a day of celebration and advocacy for workers’ rights.
On May 1st, 1886, hundreds of thousands of workers across the globe held a general strike for an eight-hour workday.
Days later, a bloody conflict at a rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square shook the labor movement and the country.
To commemorate these events, May 1st was declared International Workers’ Day in 1889.
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