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What's open, what's closed on Labor Day

As the nation celebrates Labor Day, 135 years after the first holiday dedicated to workers was proclaimed in the state of New York, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's the low-down:

  • Post offices and most banks will be closed.
  • City, county, state and federal offices, including courts, will be closed,
  • Local schools, the University of Arizona and Pima Community college will be closed.
  • The Pima County Public Library will be closed.
  • The Motor Vehicle Division and emissions testing stations will be closed.
  • Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday. Sun Express and Sun Shuttle will not operate.
  • City and Waste Management trash collection will be delayed by one day all week, after not picking up Monday.
  • County landfills will be closed. The city's Los Reales landfill will be open.
  • U.S. stock exchanges will be closed.

Labor Day has been national holiday since 1894, when it was unanimously approved by Congress and signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in the wake of the Pullman Strike. The holiday was set in September, rather than keeping with the traditional May Day holiday associated with the working class, to set the observance off from a day associated with the 1886 Haymarket Massacre commemorated by unions as well as the communist, anarchist and syndicalist movements.

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