May Day, or Labor Day (international), is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1. It is associated with the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers. May Day stems from the efforts of the labor union movement to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.
May Day ceremonies for Spring stem from traditional centuries-old May Day traditions that are celebrated across the world.
In the Chicago Haymarket protests on May 1, 1886, about 35,000 workers walked off their jobs, demanding the standardization of eight-hour workdays. Many labor historians point to this day in U.S. history as the inception of International Worker’s Day, more commonly referred to as May Day.
Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. Most Americans don't realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as "American" as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility. From the Industrial Workers of the World(IWW) Historical Archives.
If you get weekends off or overtime pay, thank the union members who fought for those rights. None of our achievements would have happened without the effort, organization and advocacy of our brothers and sisters.The labor history timeline highlights the key events and the people who helped bring about radical changes in the workplace and society.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. Currently, FCWA has 29 members representing roughly 300,000 workers in the US food system.
An international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations; the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages; hotels, restaurants and catering services; all stages of tobacco processing. With a financial membership of 2,5 million the IUF is composed of 428 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers in IUF sectors.