GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) As we take time to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, it's a good time to look back in time and see how far improvements for American workers have come.
Back in 1894, when the first Labor Day was celebrated, there was no minimum wage, no child labor laws, and in general there was very little protection for employees.
Many Grand Valley residents say they feel there's been good progress in the work place, but there's still room for improvement.
“I think we've come a long way, I mean I think we can go a lot farther because there is still some discrimination in the work place but, we are a lot farther then we used to be, and women do have a lot of rights now. They have a lot more rights then they did way back when," says Kelly Binns, a CMU student.
"I think it's a good thing that we have the minimum wage law. I think minimum wage is way too low and nobody can make ends meet with a family on those wages, and they work very hard. I don't think they're paid fairly for the work they do," Terrie Potente
Some of the improvements that have happened include keeping those who work dangerous jobs safe and fair compensation for those who do get hurt on the job.