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The international day recognizing workers:
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Tuesday was the international day of mourning for workers killed on site. Tragically, we had a casual worker die on a construction site in Edmonton that day.

It is the day to celebrate labour. But let us not forget that feeding ourselves and our families comes with risk.
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Doesn't everything?
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I wonder what destruction and rioting will happen this year?
May Day and Freddie Gray Day. Could this be Double Trouble?
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Tuesday was the international day of mourning for workers killed on site. Tragically, we had a casual worker die on a construction site in Edmonton that day.

It is the day to celebrate labour. But let us not forget that feeding ourselves and our families comes with risk.

It doesn't need to. All accidents are preventable.
Ridding ourselves of the horrible mentality that getting hurt is part of the job is the first step in ending these work related deaths.
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On May 1, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Tuesday was the international day of mourning for workers killed on site. Tragically, we had a casual worker die on a construction site in Edmonton that day.

It is the day to celebrate labour. But let us not forget that feeding ourselves and our families comes with risk.

It doesn't need to. All accidents are preventable.
Ridding ourselves of the horrible mentality that getting hurt is part of the job is the first step in ending these work related deaths.



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Sorry.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September.
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Sorry.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September.


True. And today is May Day. Why are you sorry?
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I am sorry some celebrate a socialist/communist *holiday*.
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I am sorry some celebrate a socialist/communist *holiday*.


I'm sorry to read empty-headed and bigoted comments.
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"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority]. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined."
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"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority]. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined."

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On May 1, 2015, rockwall wrote:
Http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volok......91883386

"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority]. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined."


You quote a man who is quoting himself? Hmm.

Encyclopedia Britannica has a different story of the origins of May Day.

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May Day, in medieval and modern Europe, holiday (May 1) for the celebration of the return of spring. The observance probably originated in ancient agricultural rituals, and the Greeks and Romans held such festivals. Although later practices varied widely, the celebrations came to include the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people danced. Such rites originally may have been intended to ensure fertility for crops and, by extension, for livestock and humans, but in most cases this significance was gradually lost, so that the practices survived largely as popular festivities. Among the many superstitions associated with May Day was the belief that washing the face with dew on the morning of May 1 would beautify the skin. Because the Puritans of New England considered the celebrations of May Day to be licentious and pagan, they forbade its observance, and the holiday never became an important part of American culture. In the 20th century, traditional May Day celebrations declined in many countries as May 1 became associated with the international holiday honouring workers and the labour movement.


It is true that the connection to Labour came from an international federation of trade unions and their supporters (many of these were socialists) to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago, where the police turned on striking workers, killing one worker. At a peaceful protest the next day, police opened fire into the crowd. 7 police officers were killed and 60 were injured; accurate counts of dead protesters were never made available, but 4-8 were killed and 30-40 were wounded according to Britannica. In backlash, four known anarchists--who were not even present at the riot--were executed. One other defendant committed suicide; Clarence Darrow was recruited to save the final three from the death penalty.

And the issue? These horrible trade unionists wanted their work-day reduced to 8 hours.
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Have a nice day anyway.
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Http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volok......91883386

"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority]. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined."



So by this logic, or lack thereof, you shouldn't be celebrating Christmas because it was originally a pagan holiday with a totally (well nearly) different meaning.

May Day originally was an ancient spring festival celebrated in what is now Europe. It has become a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations as well as the traditional May Pole.

It was usurped in part in the early years of the 20th century by some Communist regimes. But since few of these guys are around these days to hold parades and exhibitions of military might it has become a day for workers to unite and show there solidarity. As well as sing, eat cake and dance around a May Pole.

Things change and evolve over time, at least outside of Utah, and it's best if you can keep up with the rest of us in the civilized world. Smile
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I am sorry some celebrate a socialist/communist *holiday*.


I'm sorry to read empty-headed and bigoted comments.


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On May 1, 2015, Kabbalah wrote:
I am sorry some celebrate a socialist/communist *holiday*.


I'm sorry to read empty-headed and bigoted comments.


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I am bigoted?

I only stated my opinion.

Seems if anyone is intolerant, it is not me!
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On May 1, 2015, Kabbalah wrote:
I am sorry some celebrate a socialist/communist *holiday*.


Among others, the following nations recognize May Day as a day of respect to the struggle of workers around the world for fairness: (something that eludes some members of this board):

Egypt, Argentina, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, The Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland , France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

I know, Commie dupes, all.
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Seems if anyone is intolerant, it is not me!

He didn't say intolerant, he said bigoted.
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Seems if anyone is intolerant, it is not me!


He didn't say intolerant, he said bigoted.


big·ot·ed
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having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.
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