The [Labor Day] holiday was brought about by the great Pullman strike of 1894. Pullman manufactured train cars in the Chicago area. This strike caused railroad shutdowns all over the country.(full story "Happy Socialist Union Day" at politicaloutcast.com
President Grover Cleveland sent troops and marshals to end the strike. The result was 30 strikers dead and 57 wounded.
It was this that caused Congress to propose and ratify the national holiday not even a week after President Cleveland ended the strike.
Oh, and in the "some things never change category," the Pullman strike was organized by a union boss, Democrat hack and avowed socialist, Eugene Debs.
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