DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today honoring Labor Day:
“The Labor Day holiday is an opportunity to honor those whose hard work is an expression of their patriotism and a demonstration of devotion to their families. It is an occasion to recognize all that the American labor movement has done to improve the pay, benefits and working conditions, not just for union members but for all who toil in the national economy. The fight on behalf of their families unites workers from different backgrounds, impressing upon them the interests they share, fostering a spirit of cooperation and solidarity that has become an enduring feature of the American character.
“In that spirit, let us rededicate ourselves to the cause of progress on behalf of our nation’s workers, beginning with the goal of raising the minimum wage. President Obama urged Congress to increase the minimum wage during the State of the Union Address, and Democrats are ready to follow his lead. An honest day’s work deserves a livable wage. And those who offer their labor deserve not just to be treated with dignity and respect but to have a measure of comfort and financial stability. Today we will enjoy this national holiday. Tomorrow we will get back to work, compelled by a new sense of purpose.”