Labor Day

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today in advance of Monday’s observation of Labor Day: 

"Today, we salute the trade union movement and all Americans who are fighting for the needs of working families. 

“The sad reality of today's America is that while the wealthiest people and largest corporations are doing phenomenally well, the middle class is disappearing and millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages.  Congress must start listening to the needs of ordinary Americans, not just the billionaire class and their lobbyists. 

“We can create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and dramatically improve life for low-wage workers by raising the minimum wage.  We need new trade policies to prevent corporations from throwing American workers out on the street and running to China for cheap labor and we need new tax policies so they can't stash their profits in foreign tax havens.  We need real campaign finance reform so that the Koch brothers and other billionaires are no longer able to buy elections. 

“In other words, we need an agenda that works for all Americans, and not just the very rich."