For decades, Democrats have stood alongside labor unions in defense of fair pay and economic security. Union members have been a key part of the Democratic Party, organizing for elections and on issues such as health reform, minimum wage, retirement security, and greater accountability in the public and private sectors.

The rights and benefits working Americans enjoy today were not easily gained; they had to be won. It took generations of courageous men and women at all levels of government and society — all committed to fighting for decent working conditions and fair pay, some even willing to risk their lives to secure victory and make those rights and benefits a reality.

Much of what we now take for granted — the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, health insurance, paid leave, pensions, Social Security and Medicare — were made possible by the hard work and dedicated struggle of America’s labor movement.

It was labor unions that led the fight to improve working conditions and labor standards. In doing so, we have helped to build the largest middle class in history and demonstrated that we are stronger together than as individuals.

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