Building an equitable, accessible economy for all: a Labor Day statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su
WASHINGTON – U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su issued the following statement on Labor Day 2023:
“On Labor Day, we honor the achievements of workers, while re-committing to the work that remains to build an equitable, empowered economy for all. We have a lot to celebrate this year. Since President Biden took office, we’ve added more than 13.5 million jobs to the economy. The unemployment rate has maintained an historically long stretch below 4 percent, and more workers are returning to the workforce.
“We’re investing in America’s workers by expanding access to good jobs with good pay and benefits, all while creating pathways to the middle class. Under President Biden’s Invest in America agenda, workers across the country are delivering new roads, safer bridges, affordable internet, clean drinking water, a cleaner climate, and a manufacturing boom. All of these projects are also an opportunity to make our workforce more accessible for workers who have been left behind in the past while creating good union jobs that support families and communities.
“As we reflect on all we’ve accomplished, we look forward to the work that remains: building equity into everything we do; using all the tools in our toolbox to protect workers’ rights, wages, health and safety; and supporting workers’ right to fight for higher wages and better working conditions.
“I am inspired by the opportunities ahead, and I am committed to working as hard as you are to move our country forward.
“I hope you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day.”