The first Monday in September marks Labor Day, the annual holiday that gives us a shorter work week and a longer weekend. And while some consider it a measure of when the end of summer is approaching or is Reminder not to wear white the next daythe holiday recognizes the many social and economic contributions of working people – past and present.
Labor Day officially became a federal holiday on June 28, 1894. But before that, the holiday was recognized by labor activists and individual states. In the late 19th century, as unionism and the American labor movement grew in importance, groups of unionists across the country chose different days to commemorate labor. Oregon was the first state to pass legislation recognizing Labor Day on February 21, 1887. That same year, four other states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — passed similar legislation. Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania followed suit a few years later, and by 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday before Congress recognized it.
Today, Labor Day is publicly celebrated with picnics, parades and festivals. But if you want to make your celebrations more private and, dare we say, cozyLook no further than your own living room. The best way to enjoy your day off and party in the comfort of your own home is by watching films that highlight workers’ rights and tough unions.
From Norma Rae to Sorry to Bother You, here are eight must-see films this holiday.
In her Oscar-winning performance, Sally Field plays Norma Rae, a single mother and cotton mill worker whose poor working conditions are detrimental to her family’s health. After the unfortunate deaths of her father and co-worker, Norma Rae joins a union against the factory’s lax management, which seeks to undermine their efforts by forcing workers to do more work for less pay and anti-racialism among whites and black workers. Alongside Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle and Barbara Baxley star in the drama.
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