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The Irish Role in the American Labor Movement

As you celebrate Labor Day weekend, consider the contribution that the Irish have made, and continue to make to the American labor movement. Peter “P.J.” McGuire the Father of Labor Day It was Peter “P.J.” McGuire who first proposed a national holiday for workers. Born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side, New YorkRead more..

Weekly Comment:
What Ted Kennedy & John Sweeney Built On

As we celebrate Labor Day and the history of the Irish in the Labor Movement we bring you this commentary piece from our archives. Irish American leaders had a strong influence within and over the labor movement in the U.S., the Democratic Party, and other liberal institutions, Harold Meyerson argues.  ℘℘℘ The death of Ted KennedyRead more..

The Last Word:
When the Irish Did Apply

This September 5 will mark the 118th anniversary of the nation’s first commemoration of Labor Day. On that day in 1882, thousands of New York City workers took the day off to participate in festivities honoring honest toil and the rights of labor. Its success testified to labor’s rising power and growing sense of unityRead more..