Do we want a future where inequality rises as union membership keeps falling
or one where wages are rising for everybody and workers have a say in their prospects?
Are we a people who just talk about family values while remaining the only developed nation that doesn’t offer its workers paid maternity leave
or are we a people who actually value families, and make paid leave an economic priority for working parents?
These are the kinds of choices in front of us.
And if we’re going to restore the sense that hard work is rewarded with a fair shot to get ahead,
we’re going to have to follow the lead of all those who came before us.
That means standing up not just for ourselves,
but for the father clocking into the plant, the sales clerk working long and unpredictable hours,
or the mother riding the bus to work across town, even on Labor Day – folks who work as hard as we do.
And it means exercising our rights to speak up in the workplace, to join a union, and above all, to vote.
That’s the legacy we celebrate on Labor Day.
And I’m confident that that’s the legacy that we’ll build upon in the years ahead.
Thanks everybody. Happy Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend.