Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Labor Day is an ‘Irish holiday,’ as the Irish created the union movement

“Labor Day is a little like Christmas: people have forgotten the meaning of it. While people eagerly wait for their presents, the birth of Christ gets lost somewhere in the wrappings.

The significance of Labor Day gets lost too – in the sandwiches at the beach on the last day of summer. But while you’re throwing another hot dog on the barbecue, spare a thought for McGuire, Maguire, Jones, Quill and Sweeney, to name just a few of the many great Irish labor leaders.”

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