May 1, 2013
Today, working people here and around the world are coming together to commemorate past struggles and gather strength for ongoing ones. In the United States, the labor movement has no higher priority this year than securing the passage of an immigration reform bill that features an inclusive road map to citizenship, protects workers’ rights, unites families, and maintains the diversity that keeps our country strong and competitive in a globalized world.
On this day, also known as International Workers’ Day, we commemorate those workers who have died or been injured on the job and vow to redouble our efforts to improve working conditions and workers’ safety across the globe. Recent tragedies such as in West, Texas, and Bangladesh are painfully fresh reminders of how we still struggle both nationally and globally to provide basic and necessary protections for workers.
America’s unions, hand in hand with our allies in the broad-based immigrant rights movement, will continue to mobilize around the country today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow until we offer all aspiring Americans a roadmap to citizenship. On this May Day, we honor those workers who have come from all over the world, for many generations, to build our nation. We stand with our brothers and sisters here and around the world in their fight for justice – because workers’ rights are immigrant rights.