Today, we honor the men and women who make America the greatest country in the world.
The American worker is the best worker and the most productive worker in the world. Even if we might argue among ourselves and disagree over details, American workers still have the ability to get things done.
Policy makers, faith leaders and billionaires would not be where they are today without the toil of the millions of workers who build our skyscrapers, bridges, roadways and homes; the teachers of our children and hospital workers who heal us; the unseen workers who cook our meals and clean our offices; the men and women who pick our produce and the truckers and dock workers who transport our goods 24/7.
From the hardhat digging a ditch to the scientist discovering something new every day; from the workers who pick up your garbage to the tech workers with ideas and dreams that we never would even consider 10 years ago – all these workers keep our country running and moving forward into the future.
As the son of steel mill worker, I have an affinity to those men and women who work tirelessly to put food on the table and a roof over their families.
As a safety manager at Dow Chemical, I learned about the difficulties they face and worried for their health and safety.
As a county supervisor, I appreciate the work performed by thousands of unheralded workers in the trades and other labor organizations – those who work for local government and those who work in the private sector.
Every worker does his or her job; every job has value; every worker has a small part in our society so the sum of all our efforts, allows us move forward together.