Each year, members of the Peace and Social Justice Center, here in
The origins of the workers holiday come from a strike against the Cyrus McCormick Company, starting on May Day 1867. McCormick produced 1,500 reapers in 1849 and by 1884 he was producing 80,000. The reapers were made by members of the Molders Union Local 23. The union went on strike, starting the Eight Hour Movement. This started a movement across the country for the establishment of a standard eight hour work day. Strikes were the main weapon of the unions. Many of them turned violent as industrialist, such as McCormick, used the Pinkerton Detective Agency as well as federal troops to try and break the strikes.
Eventually the unions won and today we have a standard eight hour work day. The workers holiday was intended to celebrate that labour victory. As time went on the holiday spread worldwide and was celebrated all over
Still, there are groups of people across the
This year the May Day celebration will start at 5:30pm with a pot-luck dinner. It will be held at the Peace and
Also speaking will be Janice Bradley; will discuss taking part in a delegation of 150 people joining CODEPINK co-founders in