To the editor:
This Labor Day, the Marquette County Labor Council and affiliates will recognize the women and men who do the work that keeps America strong. That's pretty much all of us, whether we are employed or looking for work. What connects all of us is a vision of an America that honors and respects work and the people who do it. Not some of us. All of us.
At 11 a.m. Monday in Ishpeming, there will be a parade along Euclid, Main and Division Streets and Lakeshore Drive. A picnic and rally from noon to 4 p.m. will be at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum and Lake Bancroft Park.
Labor Day is a reminder that it was the blood, sweat and tears of working families that made this country great, not the 1-percenters. We will not let working families be blamed for an economic mess created by Wall Street. We reject the vision of some politicians that advances the interest of the privileged and powerful that produced historic income inequality and wrecked our economy.
The Labor Council will call for electing leaders who will fight for real solutions to the problems that led to the economic crisis - such as deregulated banks, outsourcing and a tax systems that favors the rich over working families.
America will prosper when the people who are the pulse of America are recognized, respected and rewarded. Workers should enjoy the basic rights employment, the right to join or organize a union, full participation in the electoral process, a quality education and a secure and healthy future.
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Please join us this Labor Day as we stand together to say "we are one." We wish you and your families a truly special Labor Day this year and thank you for all your hard work.
KATHLEEN CARLSON, Treasurer
Marquette County Labor Council