On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I extend Labor Day greetings to all American workers.
Over the years, few holidays have more importance to me than that of Labor Day, for this is that special day to rejoice and celebrate our nation’s workers.

Labor Day is a day where it is natural to reflect and take account of where we stand with respect to the issues which profoundly affect our lives and the destiny of American workers.

We are making progress as workers and unions. However, we must continue to move forward.

Young people and workers of all ages are recognizing that the union is by far still the best vehicle workers have to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions. In fact, recent polls indicate that America is beginning to again recognize that it is organized labor, which is responsible for promoting a vision in our country that extends far beyond the workplace to serve the needs of all Americans by advocating for progressive taxation, affordable healthcare, childcare benefits, extended sick time and leave, workplace safety, the reduction of student loan debt and so much more.

Employment has risen consistently over the past 9 years to record levels, yet our weekly pay envelopes are not keeping pace, succumbing to inflation that is outpacing our gains. The only solution to this sad situation is for workers and their unions to steadfastly commit and support political candidates who pledge to fight for, achieve and maintain an American economy in which workers are insured of job opportunities that guarantee them a living wage. Wage earners should not ask for more, nor be satisfied with less!

So while we contemplate the future and the demands of meeting our collective goals as workers, let’s be sure to enjoy the fruits of our labor by enjoying the end of summer with family and friends. Pop open a union made beer or beverage, barbecue a union made burger or hot dog and never stop supporting the union label.

On this special weekend and day, let’s join together to thank and pray for the well-being and safety of the brave men and women who make up the ranks of our nation’s armed forces and first responders. Just as important, please take time to notice and thank the workers who are not fortunate to be enjoying a day off with family, in order that we may enjoy our time off. On this special day, please do not lose sight of the fact that the greatness of America is due to its working families.

America works best when it works union!

I wish you all a healthy, happy and safe Labor Day 2018!

God Bless America and its working families!