Pelosi Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in recognition of Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2009:

“Labor Day affords us the opportunity to reiterate our common belief that what is good for the working men and women of America is good for our economy, our families, and our future.

“Each year, this day reminds us that there is nothing more critical to our long-term economic growth than continuing the fight for the core principles of organized labor: fair pay for an honest day’s work; quality, affordable health care for every American; equal treatment in the workplace and equal opportunity for all.

“The 111th Congress and the Obama Administration wasted no time in putting these principles into practice.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensures that workers subject to pay discrimination can seek justice in our courts.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is creating jobs, helping laid-off workers retain health care coverage, and creating highly competitive American jobs in the green sector.  This summer, the third and final phase of the minimum wage hike took effect – increasing it to $7.25 per hour and giving 4.5 million workers a boost in their monthly paycheck.

“By the end of this year, workers will reap the benefits of health insurance reform that lowers costs, increases competition, and provides quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

“American workers are the backbone of our prosperity.  Their hard work and success is key to our nation’s economic recovery.  On this Labor Day, let us pay tribute to all those who keep our economy working and who struggle to realize the American dream each and every day.”

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