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For more than 130 years, people around the world have celebrated the workers who make everything happen on May Day (or International Workers Day).

First recognized in 1889, May 1 was selected in part to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre that occurred in Chicago three years prior when a general strike for an eight-hour workday turned tragic. While Labor Day in the United States is observed in September, most countries around the world celebrate workers on May Day.

May Day 2020 might be one of the strangest ever but the inspiring dedication and commitment of workers continues to shine. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped spotlight the selfless efforts of healthcare workers, food and commercial workers, custodial professionals and delivery drivers, all of whom are playing key roles in the crisis. Also, after six weeks of distance learning, many Americans have expressed developing a healthier appreciation for the work educators do in schools every day.

And today, we launched our newly redesigned website to showcase these essential contributions to our students and communities, and the power of public education! Check out today and join fellow educators, CTA leaders and staff on Facebook Live at 4 p.m. in our COVID Group for a virtual launch party, complete with a tour of the new site and exclusive party favors! What a way to celebrate May Day!

Solidarity forever, CTA!