Celebrating Labor Day

American Flag America was built and continues to run today on the sweat and sacrifice of millions of hard working people. Rightly so, we will pause this Labor Day to celebrate the invaluable contributions American workers have made over the course of our nation’s history.

However, today’s workers find themselves working longer hours, in poorer conditions, often forced to take on two or more jobs just to get by.

As our brothers and sisters fought for the weekend, social security and the 40-hour workweek, those in the fast-food industry find themselves battling to raise the minimum wage, which currently leaves them unable to provide for their families.

More jobs than ever are being lost overseas to countries such as China, not only hurting America’s economy, but the opportunity for all to have the chance to realize the American dream.

And in public schools across the nation, many educators and students find their buildings closed, or crumbling with limited supplies. Children are coming to first period hungry, completing the school day without a morning meal. This is unacceptable.

This Labor Day, we must remember the importance of solidarity in the labor movement, supporting one another in the ongoing battles to improve the lives of all working Americans. While our issues are different, they remain connected and interwoven. We must build on the momentum from this past week’s 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and continue to hold our local representatives accountable, demanding better jobs, greater schools and equality for all.

To make your voice heard, find an event near you this Labor Day weekend by visiting the AFL-CIO’s website here: http://www.aflcio.org/Get-Involved/You-ve-Earned-It