Automation and Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates the American worker. Much has changed since Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, especially when it comes to factory machines and industrial automation. While regulations and safety standards are the main reason that factories are much safer today, modern industrial robots — such as Indramat industrial motion control systems – have also contributed to safer, easier, and more enjoyable work.

Some will observe the holiday with cookouts and parties, while others have big plans to sleep in late and laze around the house. Maybe you’re the type that likes to put in extra work while everyone else is loafing.

Here’s a bit of Labor Day trivia to break out at your cookout or enjoy on your coffee break!

Why Labor Day?

Labor Day originated in part as a response to poor working conditions in the U.S. Children as young as five years old working in factories, and the average American worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week to make ends meet.

When was the first Labor Day?

New York City held the first Labor Day parade in the United States in September 5th, 1882.

President Grover Cleveland signed the act that made Labor Day a federal holiday on June 28th, 1894.

How many people celebrate the holiday?

As of January 2018, approximately 160 million Americans that make up the United States labor force.

What should you wear for Labor Day?

It’s not so much what you’re supposed to wear as what you’re not supposed to wear. Traditionally, you are not supposed to wear white or seersucker clothing after Labor Day.

What should you do on Labor Day?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and the unofficial beginning of football season. Traditional Labor Day events include parties, cookouts, watching sporting events, and enjoying time off work.

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