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TAKE A STAND: Labor Day

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

For many of us, the Labor Day holiday means a day off of work or school, which is great.

The first Monday in September has always been the unofficial end to summer but also honors the American worker and was created in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

We've come a long way since then.  

In the late 1800s at the height of the Industrial Revolution, most Americans worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week just to get by.

Children as young as five worked in factories and mines for pennies a day.

Work conditions were unsafe.

Thanks to the American worker, we have made progress, but we still have work to do.

The need for higher wages, equal pay for women, better benefits and health insurance, and a secure retirement and social security.  What can you do? Find out what the candidates stand for and let your voice be heard at the ballot box this November.

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