This is the one time of year specifically set aside to honor all those who wake up each morning, dedicated to doing the best they can to provide for their families and to serve their communities: educators and office assistants; bus drivers and cafeteria workers; postal employees and factory workers. And, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, first responders, engineers, construction workers health care providers and those committed to building America.
Here are a list of events the state AFL-CIO has compiled. They range from Sept. 4 through Sept. 10. There’s certain to be one near you.
It's been pointed out that this year is no picnic for American workers. Not only are 25 million unemployed or underemployed, but American companies continue to cut wages and benefits. The median wage is still dropping, adjusted for inflation. High unemployment has given employers extra bargaining leverage to wring out wage concessions.
NYSUT also joins the AFL-CIO in honoring those who can’t find work by calling for investments in education, infrastructure and the technology of tomorrow — all with an eye toward the creation of new jobs and a stronger America.
Working people, no matter the color of their collar, deserve and expect leaders who will respect their rights and who will collaborate with labor to build an economy that works for the working class as well as the corporate class.
Have a safe and proud Labor Day 2011.