NC Labor, Other Groups Honor Workers With May Day

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(Photo credit  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Labor, religious and minority groups are celebrating May Day as the key moment in limiting the American working day to eight hours.

The groups are planning a potluck dinner, a rally and a march through downtown Durham on Tuesday. The groups are demanding good jobs and living wages, along with the right for all workers to organize into a union.

The first day of May is celebrated in other parts of the world to honor work and workers. The May Day tradition got its start in the United States after the deadly Haymarket riot in 1886, which involved workers striking for a shorter work day.

America’s end-of-summer Labor Day holiday was developed during the Cold War as an official government alternative to the labor movement’s May Day rallies.

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