Annie's "Labor Day History & Information" Page
Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest"
Labor Day will be celebrated on
Monday September 6th, 2010
~In both the United States and Canada~
"Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall
be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any
man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If
any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he
himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
~1 Corinthians 3:13-15~
"Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast
thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches."
United States Department of Labor
"And he called his name Noah,
saying, This [same] shall comfort us concerning our work
and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed."
Department of Labor, is an executive department of the United
that works to promote the welfare of wage earners. The department seeks to improve the
economic position of workers in the United States, to better their working conditions,
and to advance their opportunities for employment.
The secretary of labor, a member of the President's Cabinet, heads the department.
The President appoints the secretary subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.
Functions. The Department of Labor administers federal laws on minimum wages, overtime,
child labor, and migrant workers and determines wage rates for work done under
government contracts. A Labor Department agency called the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develops and enforces
job safety and health standards for most U.S. industries.
"Even a child is known by his
doings, whether his work [be] pure,
and whether [it be] right."
The Labor Department administers federal laws on workers'
compensation programs and enforces legal standards for the
funding and operation of private pension and welfare plans.
It also oversees the nation's unemployment insurance
The department works to reduce unemployment by providing
job training for disadvantaged young men and women. The
department helps people find jobs through programs
administered by one of its agencies, the United States
Employment Service. The department also gives local
governments funds to establish and maintain their own job
training programs for disadvantaged and unemployed people. In addition, it develops
apprenticeship standards for the training of skilled workers.
The Labor Department enforces federal regulations that require businesses doing work for
the U.S. government to maintain nondiscriminatory hiring and employment practices. These
regulations are designed to guarantee equal employment opportunity to ethnic minorities,
women, disabled people, and veterans.
department administers laws that require the fair election of
labor leaders and the
publication of accurate union financial reports. In addition, it promotes cooperation
between labor unions and employers.
Another important Labor Department function is that of serving as the government's chief
fact-finding agency in the field of labor economics. The department's Bureau of Labor
Statistics collects, analyzes, and publishes information on employment and unemployment,
wages and industrial relations, occupational safety and health, and productivity and
technology. The bureau prepares the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the most widely used
measurement of price trends in the United States.
"What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"
History. In 1884, Congress
established a Bureau of Labor in the Department of the
Interior. In 1888, Congress gave the bureau independent status as the Department of
Labor. In 1903, Congress established the new Department of Commerce and Labor and
made the Department of Labor a bureau in it.
In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law creating an independent Department of
Labor. The office of secretary of labor became the first Cabinet-level office to be
occupied by a woman when Frances Perkins was appointed to the post in 1933.
"That ye might walk worthy of
the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good
work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;"
IMPORTANT UNITED STATES LABOR UNIONS
-10 Largest +1 from 1995
|Name - Alphabetically||Membership|
|American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees||1,300,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||850,000|
|Carpenters and Joiners of America, United Brotherhood of||600,000|
|Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of||803,000|
|Laborers' International Union of North America||700,000|
|Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Int. Association of||870,000|
|National Education Association of the United States (Ind.)||2,000,000|
|Service Employees International Union||1,000,000|
Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of
America, International Brotherhood of
Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement
Workers of America, International Union
|United Food and Commercial Workers International Union||1,400,000|
Representatives of individual labor unions;
Encyclopedia of Associations
Copyright (c) 1995, Gale Research Inc. Reprinted by
permission of the publisher. And taken from: The World
AFL-CIO affiliated unless indicated as
answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
SECRETARIES OF LABOR
|William B. Wilson||1913||Wilson|
|James J. Davis||1921||Harding,
|William N. Doak||1930||Hoover|
|Maurice J. Tobin||1948||Truman|
|Martin P. Durkin||1953||Eisenhower|
|James P. Mitchell||1953||Eisenhower|
|Arthur J. Goldberg||1961||Kennedy|
|W. Willard Wirtz||1962||Kennedy,
|George P. Shultz||1969||Nixon|
|James D. Hodgson||1970||Nixon|
|Peter J. Brennan||1973||Nixon, Ford|
|John T. Dunlop||1975||Ford|
|W. J. Usery, Jr.||1976||Ford|
|Raymond J. Donovan||1981||Reagan|
|Elizabeth H. Dole||1989||Bush|
|Robert B. Reich||1993||Clinton|
|Alexis M. Herman||1997||Clinton|
for above table: The World Book Encyclopedia
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