Letter: Celebrate the freedom to transform our economy to one that works for all of us this Labor Day

It’s time to celebrate a day set aside to recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working families. Labor Day is the annual holiday we have affectionately come to value for the time we can spend with our families and pause from our regular workday.

Americans are proud of the productivity that is woven into our culture. The country’s success, as well as local and individual successes, all make us proud. We should also be proud of the “call to action” so many of Americans are answering. Call it anxiety or simply an answer to civic duty, but working families of all ages are taking collective action, and this is healthy. After all, health care, retirement security, fair pay and rights on the job are at the forefront of our governing institutions right now.

The excesses of Wall Street, corporate-backed politicians, CEO pay and job loss should put a “charge” into folks, and it has. Working families are no longer convinced that they are “well-off” because they are doing better than the many living in poverty. The momentum of fellowship is the only answer to a rigged economy - standing together through collective action and looking out for the greater good. We don’t have to look far to see this. Goodyear will continue to be a staple of our community if their tentative contract agreement is ratified. State corrections officers spoke out to help keep the public safe by alerting us of the unsafe staffing levels and the grossly under-market compensation.

This Labor Day, celebrate your hard work and your heritage - it is well deserved. But also celebrate the freedom to transform our economy to one that works for all of us. Be proud and embrace the trait that is ingrained in us as Americans: We look out for each other.




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