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Celebrating Labor Day

by Suzanne Bonamici

Whether you’re firing up the barbeque, relaxing at the coast, or getting ready for the neighborhood block party, I hope you’re enjoying this Labor Day.

I’m about to head over to the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s Annual Labor Day Picnic in Portland, and I’m thinking about the courageous men and women who fought for the labor rights we have today.

Through decades of organizing and activism, workers in Oregon and across the country secured many rights that some may take for granted today - rights like earning a minimum wage, and working reasonable hours in safe conditions. The labor movement introduced health and retirement benefits for workers, ended the use of child labor in the US, and initiated the ongoing struggle to end workplace discrimination.

In Congress, I am proud to stand with the labor community as we strive to create more good jobs in our state and advance better protections for working families. From equal pay for equal work to paid family medical leave, there’s still more to do.

As you enjoy the day with your friends and family, please spend a moment reflecting on the workplace rights that so many women and men earned for us, and remember what still needs to done. We’ll need everyone to stand together to continue moving forward.

Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Yours truly,


Posted on September 1, 2014.