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1.first Monday in September     Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September.


2. 146 million   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July 2014, there were about 146 million Americans employed in the United States.


3.1880    The idea for creating a holiday to honor workers was proposed by either Peter McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union Secretary or Matthew Maguire of the International Association of Machinists. (U.S. Department of Labor)


4. New York   New York City held the first Labor Day parade. It is estimated that 10,000 workers participated (U.S. Census Bureau). Not all employers supported the idea, but many union workers took the first Monday in September off anyway. Some unions levied fines against workers who did go into work. At the time, workers got time off for Christmas, the Fourth of July and every other Sunday.


5. .25 cents     According to the U.S. Department of Labor the original federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act was $.25/hr established in 1938.


6. 1880  When the Pullman Palace Car Company cut wages in 1894, 4,000 of its employees went on strike. Claiming that the strike interfered with mail service, about 12,000 Army soldiers were sent in a move that broke the strike, but also resulted in the deaths of 13 strikers. Fearing a backlash from unions across the country, Congress quickly moved to declare Labor Day an official holiday. The Labor Day bill was signed into law six days after the end of the Pullman strike.


7. Yes and no  In most other countries, May Day, or May 1, is the annual day for commemorating workers. Canada also celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September, although they refer to it as "Labour Day."


8.The 1959 steel strike   Over the course of the five-month 1959 steel strike, approximately 500,000 steel workers left work, closing down almost every steel mill in the U.S.


9.Grover Cleveland   President Grover Cleveland signed into law the bill that made Labor Day an official national holiday in 1894.


10. Canada   Topping the charts is Canada. According to TIME Magazine, in 2010, 51 percent of the population had completed a tertiary education, which takes into account both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The top 10 most-educated countries are:

1. Canada
2. Israel
3. Japan
4. United States|
5. New Zealand
6. South Korea
7. United Kingdom
8. Finland
9. Australia
10. Ireland

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