GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (NBC 26) – It may seem like just a day off.
But these are vacations that would not exist without nearly 150 years of hard work.
“It celebrates the fact that everyone who contributes to the economy of this country is important to the economy of this country,” said Mary Jane Herber, local history expert at the Brown County Library.
On Monday, northeastern Wisconsin is expected to celebrate the 139th Labor Day. Herber says it was started by a carpenters union in New York City in 1882.
“Here in Green Bay, there have been a number of great celebrations over the years and years and years… decades,” she said. “There were big celebrations where the mayors were talking and the politicians were talking and other community representatives who were much appreciated.”
Whether or not you’re off on Labor Day, Herber says it’s a time that honors the entire workforce.
“No matter how employed people are, they are important in making the cogs and wheels of a community work,” she said.
In Sheboygan, Mike Adamavich cherishes Labor Day.
“I have been a union carpenter for 29 years, and I cannot say enough about what this means for my family and the ability to provide a living wage and benefits,” said the business representative of the Regional Carpenters Council. of the north-central states. .
The holiday reminds Adamavich of all the carpenters who came before him, those who fought not just for a day off.
“To help provide better wages and benefits for everyone, for the entire middle class,” Adamavich said.