For many of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer, family vacations, baseball games and catching a cool dip in the pool. It is a signal that the days of getting the kids off to school, homework and Nebraska football are about to begin.
While often regarded as a day for one last barbecue, Labor Day should be about celebrating the contributions of all working people. We make America run. From nurses and teachers to firefighters and construction workers, we get up every day and work hard to build this nation. I especially want to honor the hard work of my union brothers and sisters and give thanks for all of the benefits we enjoy thanks to collective bargaining, benefits like affordable health care, paid leave, job security and wages high enough to sustain a family. None of these benefits would exist without working men and women joining together in unions to fight for a better life.
This Labor Day, let’s celebrate all working people and the unions that help give them a voice on the job.
Sue Martin, President/Secretary-Treasurer, Nebraska State AFL-CIO, Lincoln