Iron County Progressive

WISCONSIN AFL/CIO

As we head into Labor Day 2021, public support for unions continues to rise across our country with new polling from Gallup finding the union approval rating at 68%, the highest mark since 1965. The union approval rating among Americans age 18-34 is even higher at a whopping 77%.

This new polling data should send a clear message to Congress that union jobs are the backbone of rebuilding a fair and equal economy. It is time for Congress to respond to public opinion and the will of the people by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in the Senate. Let’s update our labor law to help make the American Dream a reality for millions of more workers by building back better together with strong unions.

This weekend, we mark our second Labor Day in the COVID era, and we should take a moment to think about the challenges workers have faced over the last 18 months and the heroic efforts working people have put in to deliver for our communities throughout the pandemic. Union members have served our communities since day one of the pandemic and working people are finally been recognized as the essential backbone of our economy that we have always been. More and more workers are turning to unions for dignity and respect on the job.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate and honor working people and all we do to keep our communities thriving. 

As we pause to honor the achievements of America’s workers and our labor movement -- from safe workplaces to the eight-hour day, workers’ compensation, and time off to spend with family -- we stand together in solidarity to continue to call for advancements in the workplace with strong union rights including strong protections from infectious disease spread in the workplace.

This Labor Day, as you relax with a union-made brat or beer, take time to think about how you can get more involved with your local union or, if you don’t have a union at work, how organizing a union in your workplace can benefit you and your co-workers.

Together, in union, we can create a thriving economy that supports working people and our families.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasure