I would like to take a minute to wish all of our Local 97 members a Happy Labor Day. On Monday, we celebrate the workers, those who show up each and every day to do their jobs. While Labor Day is often celebrated as the end of summer and the beginning of school, it is also a good day to remember those who fought for our rights. Good pay, good benefits and strong safety standards weren't given to us by a benevolent boss, rather they were fought for by generations of union members like yourselves. For decades, IBEW members have fought hard to transform our dangerous jobs into a career that provides a middle class lifestyle for our members.
As IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson said "From the start, the IBEW has led the battle for rights and dignities of workers in the United States and Canada. Not just for our wages, but also for our benefits and retirement. This gives us a stronger middle class and helps create the kind of lives we all deserve to live. On this holiday, let's salute those who came before us, and remember, it's up to everyone in the IBEW to keep that spirit alive."
On Monday, as you are celebrating with your kids, your family, and your friends, take a moment and let them know that this is all possible thanks to the hard work of union members both past and present. I hope that everyone has a Happy, Safe, and Fun Labor Day, you deserve it.