Labor Day is not a celebration of bosses

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) posted this to Twitter:

What the crap.

Quick history lesson:  The labor movement was a push by the brutally mistreated workforce of America to get some basic protections from their 'job creator' bosses.  It used to be legal for business owners to make their employees work shifts that covered roughly their entire waking day, pay them near nothing, and bury them in debt lending them their cost-of-living and paying them less than that.

Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894.  It was rushed through congress because the American Workforce was not happy with the government.  They weren't happy with the government because the US Military had just shot down a bunch of railway workers holding a strike.

The New Civil Rights Movement called this tweet "a shocking moment of tone-deafness and hostility to the accomplishments of unions and the working class[.]"  I'm inclined to agree.  This is a failure of understanding of United States history on a level that shouldn't be considered acceptable past High School.  That, or, more likely, it's a conscious act of hostility against the narrative that the people who work for the CEOs and managers have anything to do with the success of their businesses.