Happy International Workers Day!

In 1886, the organziation that would become the American Federation of Labor (AFL), set out to help workers across the United States to gain better working conditions. They set May 1 as the date for a nationwide strike. Workers across the country, including in cities like Chicago, IL, would go on strike for an 8-hour work day. It wasn't uncommon in 1886 to work more than 16 hours in a day. The May 1 strike worked, and workers across the country would strike for days. Unfortunately that strike would turn deadly and years later workers would call for May 1 to be remembered as Labour Day. 

Learn more about the United States role in International Workers Day by clicking here: NPR: May Day in America