September 2, 2011
Benjamin Gerdes - (202) 674.8576 (cell)
Congresswoman Edwards’ Labor Day Statement
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement to commemorate Labor Day, observed on September 5, 2011.
“Each Labor Day, we celebrate the millions of hard-working Americans who contribute to the success of the United States. Today, the men and women of this nation continue to be the world’s best trained, most highly educated, and most efficient workforce in the world. But, we need more workers working.
“This Labor Day is an opportunity to refocus our energy on creating jobs for all Americans. It is imperative that Congress return to Washington and pass a full, clean, 6-year authorization of the Surface Transportation bill that front-loads significant investments in the first year. This will ensure that Americans can immediately get back to work building roads, repairing bridges, and restoring our water infrastructure. For every $1 billion we invest in our infrastructure, 35,000 jobs are created.
“At a time when our organized workforce, public and private, is under attack, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder in preserving, protecting, and amplifying the ability of workers to organize and bargain collectively for fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions.
"We will not get out of this fix overnight, so we must do more to help the unemployed in this country. Congress should extend unemployment insurance and should make it illegal to discriminate in hiring based on employment status.
“On this Labor Day, let’s stand together to create jobs and help all Americans looking for work to rebuild our great nation to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”
Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
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