Work Injury Lawyers- DLP

Date: August 31, 2012

Once again Labor Day is upon us. To most Americans, Labor Day symbolizes the unofficial end of the summer. Parties, parades and picnics abound.It is common knowledge that Labor Day is a holiday that commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of the American workforce.  But few people know that the Congressional legislation making Labor Day a Federal holiday was rooted in a violent labor dispute that resulted in the deaths of 13 striking workers and injuries to dozens others. The 1894 Pullman Strike was a dispute between labor unions and railroad owners after railroad employees wages were reduced. When the workers went on strike, the railroad traffic ground to a halt. The federal government became involved when the U.S. mail service was impeded. A Federal court injunction was secured against the union compelling them to stop interfering with trains that carried mail cars. The union refused and Federal  were called in to stop the strikers from obstructing the trains. Violence broke out in many cities. The strike subsequently collapsed.

U.S. President Grover Cleveland and Congress made it a top priority to ease tensions between union labor, ownership and management, and the Federal government. Labor Day became a Federal holiday six days after the strike ended with Congress unanimously approved the legislation which was signed into law by President Cleveland.


Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.