How Labour Day started

History has almost forgotten Peter McGuire, an IrishAmerican cabinetmaker and pioneer unionist who proposed a day dedicated to all who labour.

Old records describe him as a red-headed, fiery, eloquent leader. The father of Labour Day, Peter J McGuire, of New York City, introduced the idea in 1882.

McGuire introduced his idea at a meeting of the Central Labour Union on May 18 1882.

"Let us have a festive day during which a parade through the streets of the city will permit public tribute to industry," he said. - Sapa-AP