Labor Day 2020

Our local annual Labor Day celebration in Cincinnati, OH has been canceled this year. I am certain it is in good company with other events across the nation which have been canceled or greatly modified. But…

EXAIR still wants to celebrate and recognize all you (we) have been through over the course of the past year and certainly the past 6 months.

Here’s to all of the hard working folks who are doing their best to stay productive and positive – thank you. Let’s also not forget anyone who may have lost a job during the pandemic –  EXAIR is with you all and hopes to be part of some improving conditions as we navigate through this together.

As EXAIR does its best to stay positive and strong (easier said then done on some days), we hope you either enjoy the day off or begin to see some improvements that will help your circumstances. Just for the record, if you are in Cincinnati, OH and looking for a job, we currently have a couple to choose from.

EXAIR will be closed on Monday September 7, 2020.

In all cases – we hope you enjoy the weekend,
The EXAIR Team



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Happy Labor Day!

To all of the hard working folks around the country…

Please enjoy the extra day off this Labor Day weekend. We hope you can relax, enjoy family and friends, and refresh your spirit.

EXAIR, too, will be closed on Monday to celebrate.


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Labor Day 2017

What does Labor Day mean to you? Summer’s last hurrah? An extra day to sleep in, extend a weekend trip, or (ugh) tackle a home improvement project? Something else entirely, or all of the above? I neither expect, nor want, this to change any plans or mindset, but as U.S. federal holidays go, I find the history and meaning of Labor Day to be fascinating.

Maybe not as fascinating as Mister Spock preparing to drop the bass, but still pretty fascinating.

1777 – The first unions were organized in the United States by printers, carpenters and shoemakers, seeking better wages and shorter hours.

1825 – The United Tailoresses of New York, the first all-women’s union, is formed in New York City.

1827 – The Mechanics Union of Trade Associations forms in Philadelphia to call for a standardized 10-hour workday.

1840 – President Martin Van Buren establishes a 10-hour workday for federal workers.

1868 – The first federal 8-hour labor law is passed, but only applies to a small group of federal workers.

1885-1886 – Several municipalities around the United States declare Labor Day ordinances – a day of rest to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers.

1887 – Oregon passes the first state-wide Labor Day observance law.  Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York follow suit this same year.

1891 – Labor Day is established as a national holiday by the Congress of the United States.

I don’t have the space (or the will) to get in to a detailed discourse on the highs (and lows) of the achievements (and setbacks) of the American working class through the 20th Century.  If I did, I’d choose to focus on the positive.  Almost everyone I know who’s in the American work force – family, friends, neighbors, and especially my co-workers at EXAIR – enjoys a safe work environment, fair wages & benefits, and opportunities unavailable anywhere else in the world.  So, Monday, I’ll take the day off that our forebears fought and earned for us.

If you’d like to talk about a compressed air product application, give me a call.  On Tuesday.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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