WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: 34 Nations’ Average Hours Worked Annually

The following list is the average annual hours worked by participants in the labor force of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a unique forum where the governments of 34 democracies with market economies work with each other, as well as with more than 70 non-member economies to promote global economic growth, prosperity, […]


On this day in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World – a.k.a. the “Wobblies” – was founded in Chicago by “Big Bill” Haywood, president of the violent Western Federation of Miners; Daniel DeLeon, leader of the Socialist Labor Party; and Eugene Debs, leader of the Socialist Party. Revolution was in the air – during […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: First Labor Organization Established

  The first labor organization Colonial America was authorized on this day in 1648 when the shoemakers of Boston are permitted to “assemble and meete together in Boston, at such time and times as they shall appoynt, who being so assembled, they, or the greatest number of them, shall have powre to chuse a master […]

LABOR DAY MONDAY: Facts About Labor Day

{excerpted from Reader’s Digest}   Who Came Up with the Holiday? No one is sure who came up with the idea first, but credit for the Labor Day observation goes to one of two people. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are some records that suggest  Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the […]