Biden delivers Labor Day proclamation

The president explained how his administration’s initiatives will help protect workers’ rights and empower them

On the eve of Labor Day, which is observed in the United States on the first Monday in September, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation.

“Hard-working Americans are the backbone of our country. As I’ve said many times, the middle class built America, and the middle class was built by labor unions. Everything that supports a sustainable middle class is made possible by unions, and on Labor Day we honor all those workers who keep our economy going and make our nation strong, and their movement has stood the test of time,” the president said.

“I am convinced that every worker deserves not only fair wages and benefits, but also freedom from discrimination, a safe and healthy workplace, and the respect that accompanies a decent retirement. That’s why my administration is always proud to support working people,” Biden stressed, adding that his “American Bailout Plan” crisis program is designed to help Americans survive a pandemic, give families with children historic tax deductions and protect millions of American workers and retirees from retirement.

The president has said his administration strongly supports workers’ right to join unions and bills to protect it. Biden established a special task force on workers’ rights, to be led by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh.

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the president said, it has become especially clear that there is a need to “build an economy that meets the needs and aspirations of workers,” as well as to provide equal opportunities for racial minorities. To help address this long-standing problem, on his first day in office, the president signed an executive order aimed at promoting racial justice and supporting low-income people.

Biden emphasized that the country has a unique opportunity to support working families and unions with the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.