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“For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder. And in too many communities across this country, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over our fellow citizens.
Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine. That’s why, over the past month, I’ve traveled all across America, laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it.
The truth is, it’s not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired – for decades – against working Americans. But if we take a few bold steps – and if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve – we’ll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle-class.
So this Labor Day, while you’re out there grilling in the backyard, or taking that final trip for the summer, I hope you’ll also take a moment to reflect on the many contributions of our working men and women. For generations, it was the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. And as long as I’m President, I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that happens again.”
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
NWF View: The Power of Blue and Green
High-efficiency vehicles are a boon to the economy and the environment
7-29-2013 By Larry J. Schweiger and Bob King – nwf.org
TEN YEARS AGO, no one would have thought we could get the world’s largest automakers, the unions that represent workers at auto plants and in the auto supply chain, environmentalists, sportsmen, consumer groups and the President of the United States to agree to ambitious new fuel-efficiency rules for light-duty vehicles.
Yet these groups found common ground and stood with President Obama at the White House in 2009 when strong efficiency standards were announced for the 2012 to 2016 model years. They stood together a few years later when the standards were extended through 2025, effectively doubling the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks during the next decade.
The shift to cleaner cars is a boon to the American economy and to our environment. A recent report by the BlueGreen Alliance, a nationwide partnership of labor unions and environmental groups, concluded that the shift to high-efficiency, advanced vehicles will create 570,000 jobs—50,000 of them in parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly.
By 2030, the new standards will provide a net boost to our annual gross domestic product of about $75 billion. They also will reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change by 6 billion metric tons—more than the total amount emitted by the United States in 2010.
Consumers will save an estimated $1.7 trillion at the fuel pump and cut oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels a day. That will save American families an average of more than $8,000 over the lifetime of a new vehicle by 2025, according to the White House.
We’re reviewing this effort not only to highlight how effective it was, but also to point out that we should duplicate and build on this successful model in other areas. Diverse groups—from companies to consumers to conservation groups to the autoworkers that make cars and trucks—realized their common interests and worked together for a long-term common good. And they did it despite a gridlocked, hyperpartisan U.S. Congress.
“Made in America: Building a Nation” Stamp Unveiling Ceremony
Published on Aug 9, 2013
During an Aug. 8, 2013, ceremony hosted at Labor Department headquarters, Secretary Tom Perez and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe introduced a new U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp series featuring iconic photos of American workers.
* U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps Ceremony Program Made in America: Building a Nation
* U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps Keepsake Made in America: Building a Nation
* U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps T-Shirt Made in America: Building a Nation