Labor Day was instituted as an American federal holiday in 1894, under President Grover Cleveland, after the Pullman Strike earlier that year — in which Cleveland sent in the Army and U.S. Marshals to stop striking railroad workers from halting trains, leading to dozens of those workers being killed.
The institution of Labor Day came on the first Monday in September, a day separate from the May date for International Workers’ Day (also known as May Day) partly because Cleveland and others didn’t want to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Affair, in which a peaceful rally to protest police killings of factory workers at a strike organization turned deadly when a bomb was thrown in front of police advancing on the rally, killing one officer and touching off shooting that would take the lives of both more police and demonstrators.
We will hear the echoes of history for as long as we listen, so long as we listen.
Anyway, Jim McElwain took to a podium and said words about a Florida Gators team in offensive traction with questions at quarterback on Monday, and the assembled reporters, much like the coaches who do not get days off in season and players who will practice later today, did not spend Labor Day on holiday.
You can watch McElwain speak in the below video: