Pelosi Statement on Labor Day

September 6, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark Labor Day:

“On Labor Day, our nation honors all hard-working Americans, who are the backbone of our economy, and the labor unions that empower them to reach their fullest potential.  For generations, working people joining together in a union have been one of the greatest forces for progress in American history: winning the 40-hour work week, two-day weekends, workplace safety protections, collective bargaining rights and more.  Indeed, the many historic victories secured by the heroes of organized labor helped forge the middle class and continue to benefit every family today.

“Democrats are proud to stand with unions, and we are leading the charge in the Congress to deliver critical benefits and protections for American workers.  In March, President Biden and Congressional Democrats enacted the life-changing American Rescue Plan to secure for working families critical coronavirus relief, including the transformative Biden Child Tax Credit, and rescue the hard-earned pensions of millions of retirees.  This year, the Democratic House again passed the PRO Act to enshrine the right of every worker to join a union – and we urge our colleagues in the Senate to finally enact this vital legislation.

"Moving forward, Democrats will continue to fight to enact our legislation, passed in the House with the partnership of labor, to secure equal pay for equal work and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  And in partnership with labor, the Congress is hard at work advancing the President's Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will create millions of good-paying American jobs rebuilding our nation as well as strengthening labor protections for American workers.  As our nation emerges from this crisis, Democrats will not relent in our fight to build an economy that works for everyone, so that every child may have the means to pursue their American Dream.”