‘Honor Workers By Fighting For Their Rights’ - A Labor Day Message From The New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
This Labor Day Weekend, we recognize and honor all Working People for their contributions to our Nation and give them a chance to enjoy a well-earned rest and time with their loved ones.
This year’s observance is particularly meaningful, as we express our gratitude for the Front Line and Essential Workers who have worked tirelessly for their fellow New Yorkers.
Throughout this past year, we’ve seen once again Working People serving as the backbone of our society, with Essential Workers consistently putting their own health and safety on the line.
Thankfully, Unionized Workers have been able to use their collective voice in the workplace to secure enhanced safety measures, paid sick time, hazard pay and negotiate furloughs or work-sharing structures in order to preserve jobs.
But the crisis has also exposed serious issues of inequality, particularly Non-Union Workers facing significant consequences including inadequate health care and workplace protections.
Fortunately, we have the opportunity to pass the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, a once-in-a-generation piece of Federal Legislation that will take on runaway economic inequality by leveling the playing field for Workers, giving them back a voice in the workplace and in their own futures.
In doing so, we’ll help our economy, raise the floor for all Workers, and ensure better, safer working conditions.
So, as we take time this weekend to reflect on what Working People have done for New York City, the sacrifices they’ve made and continue to make, let’s honor them by continuing our fight for rights and protections for all Workers.
From all of us at the New York City Central Labor Council, have a safe, healthy, and happy Labor Day Weekend.