Labor Day: Promise fulfilled but threatened
As we mark this Labor Day with our families, let’s also pause to remember the sacrifices of those the holiday commemorates.
MILWAUKEE – IBEW Local 494 business manager Dean Warsh today issued the following statement in commemoration of Labor Day:
Labor Day is first and foremost the celebration of a promise fulfilled. For generations, the American promise of good jobs, fair treatment, and family-sustaining wages, negotiated at a bargaining table with respect for the workers who’ve made our country strong, sustained the economic security of the nation’s vital middle class.
Today, Labor Day is also a call to action, a reminder that we must defend that promise to ensure that dignity and opportunity remain the birthright of all workers. Some would threaten the strength of America by attacking the power of working people to advantage the very few.
This Labor Day, the IBEW and our allies are looking forward, not backward. Experimentation and creativity in the labor movement are proving their worth. Many workers and our unions, including members of IBEW Local 494, will march this weekend to celebrate our contributions to the economic vitality, health and welfare of our communities.
As we mark this Labor Day with our families, let’s also pause to remember the sacrifices of those the holiday commemorates. And let’s honor their sacrifices with our own commitment to do what we can every day to improve the lot of all who labor.