International May Day
great international demonstration shall be organized for a fixed date in
such a manner that the workers in all countries and in all cities shall on a
specified day simultaneously address to the public authorities a demand to
fix the workday at eight hours and to put into effect the other resolutions
of the International Congress of Paris.
In view of the fact that such a demonstration has already been resolved upon by the American Federation of Labour at its convention of December 1888 in St. Louis for May 1, 1890, that day is accepted as the day for the international demonstration.
The workers of the various nations shall organize the demonstration in a manner suited to conditions in their country.
—Resolution introduced by Raymond Lavigne, International Socialist Congress, Paris, July 20, 1889
Happy May Day