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Leader Strahorn releases statement on Labor Day

September 3, 2018
Democratic Newsroom

"As Americans we believe in the value of hard work, and know that punching a time clock, laying brick, or standing behind a cash register shouldn’t mean you can’t afford to plan for you and your family’s future.

But when a wealthy CEO can make millions on Wall Street by betting against American people, and a working mom with kids can’t afford to take a family vacation once a year, something’s wrong.

Indeed, our fundamental belief in the power of everyday people seems overshadowed by too many extreme politicians and corporate special interests who have forgotten the value of hard work and how their own paths to success were paved – not just by their individual God-given talents, but by the hard work of countless men and women who pay taxes, play by the rules and make America the greatest nation in the world.

From the standard work week to a basic minimum wage and safe working conditions, working people joining together to speak out with one voice built the largest middle class the world has ever seen. Thanks to the hard work of labor unions and American workers, millions of Ohioans go to work each day knowing they will come home to their families.

That’s why Labor Day is the quintessential American celebration. No matter our nation’s struggles or setbacks, this one day each year stands as a bold reminder of the spirit, ingenuity and pride of the working families who built this country and the countless workers who continue to tirelessly contribute to our success.

Together, we can continue to build a country rich with opportunity that rewards hard work and respects the dignity of the American Worker.  It starts with setting aside politics and putting people first."