Labor Day is the day we celebrate the contributions of organized labor to the betterment of our society. While we now celebrate all workers on this day, in the beginning Labor Day specifically recognized organized labor. For they created the middle class and forced changes that improved the health and safety of the workplace. So as we all enjoy this national holiday, we need to thank the leaders who continue to advocate for fair compensation, improved benefits, and healthy workplaces.
The Virginia General Assembly has made great strides in recent years by raising the state minimum wage, allowing collective bargaining at the local level, and opening the market for insurers to provide family leave plans. But so much work remains.
Please also remember to be safe and drive responsibly this weekend if you are out celebrating!