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Your Value to the American Workforce

Labor Day marked more than just the end of summer and the start of school for some of us. On this day we honored and celebrated the contributions American workers have made to strengthen and move this nation forward.

When this holiday originated in the late 1800s, most of the protections American workers benefit from today did not exist. Many people worked longer hours under unsafe conditions, and children as young as five worked in mills, factories and mines. President Grover Cleveland commemorated Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1887. Learn more about the history of Labor Day on the Department of Labor site.

While people with disabilities are a part of the American workforce and have added to the nation’s growth, employment hurdles have often been greatest for people with disabilities.  

Labor Day serves as a reminder of the value of work for yourself, your family, and your community:

“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it.”

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez