A Salute to Labor

September 1, 2018

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.

Its origin dates back more than a century. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

Nearly half of FirstEnergy employees are represented by one of three national labor unions: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). In addition, there are hundreds of physical and non-physical workers at our locations across the company.

Happy Labor Day to all who help keep our facilities running reliably and provide our customers with the security, comfort and convenience of electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week − including today.

In observance of Labor Day, FirstEnergy’s offices are closed Monday, Sept. 3. Normal business hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.