By Doris Crouse-Mays
Labor Day is a day we celebrate the contributions of workers and honor the dignity of labor. Our work binds us together. We should take pride in what we all do for a living. It’s the very foundation of this country: always has been and always will be.
I just spent the week with our brothers and sisters from Virginia’s building and construction trades. These leaders represent the well-trained and highly skilled workers who keep our water systems safe, the lights on and build the roads, bridges and buildings we use every day. Our members are your neighbors. They coach Little League, go to church and are active in your community. They teach your kids, deliver your mail, care for our veterans, mine coal, get you to work on time, bag your groceries and protect your property and life.
Crouse-Mays is president of Virginia AFL-CIO, which represents 150,000 union members in the commonwealth.