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September, 2012 - Vol 6, Issue 9
In This Issue
The History of Labor Day
Purell Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes
This Month's Recipe
Trivia Question - Win a Tote Bag Containing $50 in Supplies!
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The History Behind the Labor Day Holiday
Central Mill-Alabama    

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.


With the long hours and terrible working conditions that prevailed in the 19th Century, American unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life. On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first- ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an unpaid day-off to honor the workers of America, as well as vocalize issues they had with employers. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later.


In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. On June 28, 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.


The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday -- a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday.

Keep Germs at Bay in the Office and the Classroom with Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes
Purell Wipes Tub   


Purell Sanitizing wipes kill 99.99% of common germs that may cause illness. The alcohol content in PURELL´┐Ż Instant Hand Sanitizer is at a level which safely and effectively reduces the level of germs on hands. Using alcohol based instant hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available, is one of the Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Unlike some other instant hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps, laboratory testing has never shown alcohol-based hand sanitizers lead to bacterial resistance. Durable, textured wipe sanitizes hands while wiping away light soils.


Purell Wipes are available in individually packaged wipes, tubs of 35, 175 and a refillable bucket of 1,200.

Featured Recipe - Simple & Quick Granola Bars

Granola Bars   





Editor's note: These great bars can be easily adapted to your taste by substituting your favorite dried fruit or nuts.









3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.



Yield: 8 servings: Calories: 179 | Total Fat: 8.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg

September Trivia Question - Win a $50 Gift Bag of Supplies!
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Congratulations to Marlene McGarrity of Brooklyn NY for winning the August Trivia Question!  One winner will be selected this month and you can be entered to win a Tote Bag containing $50 worth of Free Office Supplies when you visit our website at and email your correct answer to the question below to us at

Here is your question: "According to the CDC, what item on your desk harbors the most germs?" (Hint: Click on the Office Supplies link at the left of our home page.)


Email your answer to and your correct answer will place your name into our drawing for a free Tote Bag containing $50 in office supplies.  The winner will be announced in our October edition of the OSS Journal


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