Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Labor Day:
“As our recovery continues, let us never forget that the strength of our economy depends on the skill and dedication of our workers, who remain the most productive in the world. American workers’ determination and innovation add value to our businesses and make our economy more competitive around the world.
“In marking this Labor Day, we ought to remember that American workers did not always have the protections that have ensured that hard work leads to opportunity. The movement for workers’ rights and workplace safety, which led to laws against child labor, instituted a minimum wage, and brought about protections against unsafe work practices, has made our nation stronger and helped us make the promise of the American Dream a reality for more of our people. But there is still much work ahead. The minimum wage ought to be raised, and Congress ought to take additional steps to make sure a woman does not earn less than a man for performing the same job.
“House Democrats’ Make It In America plan for jobs and competitiveness, which focuses on growing our manufacturing sector and putting more Americans back to work, will invest in training and securing a twenty-first century workforce. By helping our students prepare for college and careers, and by helping those out of work – including veterans with important skills – get the training they need to re-enter the workforce, we can help more of our people access the middle-class opportunities that a good job provides. I will continue to push for Make It In America legislation in Congress, and I will continue to stand up in defense of workers and the protections they have earned.”