Labor Day and Presidential Politics
Labor day is a holiday begun by President Grover Cleveland. The idea was, in part, to mediate tension among workers in the 19th century, by giving them a day off. Today, it is as much about barbeques, as celebrating labor, and the holiday has become the official start of the political campaign season. But as Jeff Ciuffreda , the president of Springfield's Chamber of Commerce says, over the years, campaigns have geared up well before the holiday weekend.