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Happy Labor Day!

Today we celebrate the progress we’ve made for America’s working families, but we also look toward the work still ahead of us.

It’s easy to take for granted hard-won gains like the weekend, the 8-hour workday, the minimum wage, and basic workplace safety standards. But we shouldn’t. It took decades of struggle to achieve these protections. Without the sacrifices of previous generations, we wouldn’t be where we are today. And we owe it to them to keep moving forward.

There is still so much to do.  Profits and productivity are way up, but wages remain flat. Americans are working longer hours and doing more with less, and it’s time they got a better deal.  

Congress needs to take action to keep making progress for American workers -- and we should start by making the minimum wage a living wage that can support a family, expanding access to affordable childcare, and providing flexible paid leave so that working parents aren't forced to choose between caring for their children and earning a paycheck.

Those are some of the priorities I'm fighting for, and I hope that next Labor Day we'll have some new victories to celebrate.

Posted on September 7, 2015.
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Kathleen Rice represents New York's Fourth Congressional District on Long Island. A career prosecutor, Kathleen is a progressive Democrat known for her independent style and ability to work with people from both parties to take on big problems.

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